OTTAWA, Ontario — The Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was fuming with officials following the Penguins’ OT loss in Ottawa. The hockey world came down on Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov, the Columbus Blue Jackets will be getting a lot of calls for their rental players before the NHL trade deadline, the Boston Bruins have an interest in Bo Horvat, Steve Stamkos scored his 500th goal, and officials just called another penalty on the Penguins.
Columbus appears to be setting a high price tag on their rentals. The 2022-23 NHL season is probably the worst year to be a seller because there are lots of guys on the street who will have first-round picks attached. Availability isn’t an issue. Cap space is.
I’ll put this up top — The Buffalo Sabres waived speedster Vinnie Hinostroza. He has eight points in 19 games but has been a healthy scratch for 19 of the past 21 games. The Penguins have a desperate need in their bottom six. He can play center and kills penalties but makes $1.7 million. Given Josh Archibald’s continued absence, I believe Hinostroza would be worth the two roster spots his salary would take up.
Maybe GM Ron Hextall can swing a Penguins trade if no one claims him. Hinostroza could be a good fit in the Penguins’ aggressive game.
Also, check me out on 93-7 the Fan at 11:30 a.m. with Joe Starkey. I’ll be appearing live at the Syracuse Airport (God willing), and tonight at 10 p.m. with Jeff Hatthorn.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Dave Molinari recap of the Penguins’ 5-4 OT loss to the Ottawa Senators. Another rough go for the Penguins.
Mike Sullivan spoke for 76 seconds after the game, including a long … LONG … 10-second pause to give his answer about the officials. “It was ridiculous,” he said. Read the story and check out the video — Sullivan was still fuming after officials called nine penalties on the Penguins.
PHN+: The four takeaways — the Penguins have every right to be upset, but they should be angry at themselves. Lingering issues are dogging the Pittsburgh Penguins.
NHL Trade, News & National Hockey Now:
Boston Hockey Now: Jim Rutherford will trade Bo Horvat soon. A well-placed source confirmed to Jimmy Murphy that there is interest (and talks) from the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins are really shopping. They have one more shot with Patrice Bergeron, and it appears they’re all in. Luke Schenn is also on the radar before the NHL trade deadline.
Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets have a few high-value rental players. GM Jarmo Kekkalainen could (should be) be getting a lot of calls before the NHL trade deadline.
TSN: With the win over the Penguins, the Ottawa Senators are seven points behind a playoff spot. They are a young and up-and-coming team. Should the Senators become buyers at the deadline?
My answer: With the talent available at discounted prices? Heck yes. Any GM of a rebuilding team with cap space that doesn’t take advantage of this situation should be called to the owner’s office.
Montreal Hockey Now: The belle of the ball for LHDs will be Joel Edmundson. Here are the favorites to land the Montreal Canadiens d-man.
Sportsnet: Time flies, doesn’t it? Tampa Bay beat Vancouver (who doesn’t), and Steve Stamkos netted his 500th goal.
I’m not sure how the Provorov situation is being handled in the U.S. media, but I know it is DOMINATING conversation up here. Some of the takes are getting pretty aggressive. The hockey world came down on Provorov.
Philly Hockey Now: The Twitter reaction to Philly Hockey Now was far more diverse. Here’s the mixed reaction in the Philadelphia Flyers fanbase.
Washington Hockey Now: Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau ripped Alex Ovechkin after Ovechkin delivered one of his patented high freight train hits. Pageau didn’t mince words for the Washington Capitals captain.
NYI Hockey Now: The Penguins grabbed a point, and the Bruins did the Penguins a favor by stomping the New York Islanders.
Despite claiming they had enough offense, the Islanders made some roster moves and recalled offensive defensemen. Sacrificing defense for some offense — New York Islanders moves.