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From accidentally killing a live mascot to hiring coaches who didn’t speak English, Dave Molinari had some fun with Pittsburgh Penguins mistakes … including the Robo-pigeon logo likely coming this season. Mike Babcock is done coaching. You may want to cool talk about Patrick Kane on the NHL trade block, at least for a few months. Tom Wilson got married, and Philadelphia Flyers fans are still sour over their divorce with Ron Hextall after yet another the Flyers first-rounders crapped out.

Greetings from northern PA and southern NY. I planned to hole up in Olean, NY, for the first time, but one lap around town…I kept going. I took a lot of “nature” photos. No, I’m not an artistic photographer, but occasionally stopping while taking long road trips on two wheels does help the bum not hurt as much.


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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Mistakes. From Pete the Penguin to that logo. Dave Molinari writes that the Robo-penguins logo isn’t the worst thing ever, but it’s on the list. Pittsburgh Penguins

Steelers Now: You may have noticed the Steelers’ OL isn’t very good. Could the Steelers swing a trade for Raiders tackle Alex Leatherwood? Pittsburgh Steelers

Which Steelers could make a late charge for a roster spot? Steelers roster

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: John Perrotto swings away. After another announcer questioned the Bucs’ major league viability, the Pirates have become baseball’s punchline. Pittsburgh Pirates sinking.

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:

NHL Rumors: Mark Easson, who does a nice job curating the NHL trade rumors from around the league and usually quotes us appropriately, transcribed part of the DFO podcast. Frank Seravalli reports that Patrick Kane wants to start the season with Chicago and then call his shot near the NHL trade deadline.

Detroit Hockey Now: Mike Babcock is calling it a day. He’s done coaching. Time to move on.

Philly Hockey Now: Sam Carchidi gave voice to the grousing and grumbling of the Flyers’ tertiary front office and fanbase. 2016 top pick German Rubstov bolted for the KHL. As GM of the Flyers, Hextall came up short on too many first-round picks, and Sam goes into detail. Philadelphia Flyers.

Washington Hockey Now: Tom Wilson got married. The dude is about to learn what supplemental discipline is all about and past offenses never go away, hehe. Washington Capitals.

Florida Hockey Now: Carter Verhaeghe will be Sunday’s grand marshall for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Florida Panthers.

Colorado Hockey Now: Nazem Kadri created a first. A player took the Stanley Cup to a mosque for the first time. Colorado Avalanche.

San Jose Hockey Now: Joe Thornton? Evan Rodrigues? Are the Sharks interested in any of the remaining free agents? San Jose Sharks.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Justin Wheeler
Justin Wheeler
1 month ago

Good choice not staying in Olean… I went to high school in nearby Allegany and almost wound up at Saint Bonaventure University, altho Allegany is a nice little down I certainly can’t blame you for not staying. That being said, you should ride over the mountain to the town of Ellicotville. I think you would like that town

William Nichols
William Nichols
1 month ago

Better players drafted later is a pretty superficial way to evaluate drafting ability. You can play the odds and still have an unfortunate card turn up. The question is whether GMRH has biases or blind spots. Does he have some bias? Were his evaluations out of line with others? There is also the question of development. Was the issue drafting or training? Was there something with Philly that led to so many injuries?