There were rumblings the Vegas Golden Knights had a trade in place for one of their goalies this weekend, but it fell through. Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner are part of a long list of goalies who could have new homes within the next week via the NHL trade route, buyout, or free agency. Jack Eichel’s camp was not happy with GM Kevyn Adams indicating Eichel could remain a Buffalo Sabre, the Toronto Maple Leafs stuck it to the Edmonton Oilers over Zach Hyman, and we recapped the Pittsburgh Penguins weekend and what comes next.
The Toronto-Edmonton no-deal is a lesson in GM’ing, good or bad, pending your outlook.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins trade hopes, draft recap, and analysis of the Penguins could do this week, did and didn’t do this weekend.
NHL Trade, News, and National Hockey Now
LOOK AT THIS! Vancouver Hockey Now! — The countdown clock has begun! Who is our beat writer? How do they feel about the state of the Canucks? We went vintage with the colors, too: www.vancouverhockeynow.com
Sportsnet: More Jack Eichel soap opera drama, and Elliotte Friedman dropped the biggie that Vegas had a goalie trade in place, but it fell through. He thinks it was Fleury to Chicago or Lehner to New Jersey.
Elliotte just might be the best reporter I’ve ever seen. Even better than the Bobfather.
TSN: Toronto GM Kyle Dubas gave Hyman’s camp the ability to negotiate with other teams for a sign-and-trade. Then Dubas held Hyman for ransom with a high trade ask when Hyman agreed to an eight-year deal with Edmonton. Why? Dubas knows the cap value of the eighth year and will lose Hyman for nothing rather than help Edmonton.
Not the way to make friends, as the old guard and new guard clash.
Boston: Keith Yandle. Jack Eichel. Ryan Suter. Goalies. What the boys in Boston hear about the Bruins BIG week ahead.
Colorado: Things may have taken a turn for the worse with Gabriel Landeskog and Philip Grubauer. GM Joe Sakic may have hit the “take or leave it” stage.
Detroit: What the?! Ginger and Mary Ann would be proud. Check out this outfit that Red Wings draft pick Red Savage (son of the NHL’s Mr. October, Brian Savage) wore for his intro press conference.
San Jose: Get to know the Sharks draft picks. They got some good ones as they try to turn that ship around.
The Penguins Rivals:
Washington: “That’s not exactly the case.” GM Brian McClellan pulled back on NHL trade rumors that the Capitals will trade Evgeny Kuznetsov. But he didn’t squash them either.
Philly: Uh oh–Philadelphia is remaking itself quickly, and they will NOT be easy to play against. Cam Atkinson wore a Gritty T-shirt for his Flyers introduction.
NYI: Lou Lamoriello is doing everything he can to “bring our people back.”