The North American leg of the 2022-23 NHL season began Tuesday with the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. How does the new Pittsburgh Penguins roster stack up against the rest of the NHL? Hockey Canada finally cleaned house as the entire board resigned. And the Marcus Pettersson-to-Vancouver NHL trade rumors are ice-cold.
It seems crazy that the season is finally upon us. May 15 seems both a lifetime ago and like yesterday. I’m craving my late-night Gyro cart on the corner of 31st and 7th in New York (I went back twice this summer for a haircut, the gyro, and other business things).
I’m technically “off” today, but let’s be honest, there ain’t no rest for the wicked. Money doesn’t grow on trees. It is such a privilege to work with the most experienced (and best) staff in Pittsburgh. Professional coverage of the Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates – You can subscribe to PHN+ here.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Dave Molinari stacked the Penguins against the NHL. So…how ’bout them Pittsburgh Penguins?
It’s official. The two oldest teams in the NHL are the Washington Capitals (2nd) and the Penguins.
And…I had a chat with P.O Joseph. The kid is always smiling, but he was sweating the final hours before the Penguins made their decision. He’s in the NHL, but coach Mike Sullivan is hedging his lineup bet. Now Joseph has to earn a regular spot. The battle has just begun for P.O Joseph.
WBS Penguins: The farm team will play in the AHL Outdoor Classic. March 4. In Cleveland! Tickets start at just 10 bucks. Here’s the full story and how to get tickets from the WBS Penguins.
- Alan Saunders that it might be an impossible mission, but Mike Tomlin will be around to see it through for the Steelers.
- Help! Three receivers and two cornerbacks had tryouts with the Steelers on Tuesday.
- Cam Heyward may or may not have accidentally retweeted a message that called for Mike Tomlin to be fired.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now (+): Who should the Pirates retain? Arbitration prices that are so low even the Pittsburgh Pirates can afford them.
NHL Trade, News & National Hockey Now:
Sportsnet: Hockey Canada (finally) cleaned house, including the entire board.
Washington Hockey Now: Carl Hagelin, two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He suffered a permanent eye injury last season and was attempting a comeback this fall. However, after serious hip surgery, the speedy winger is now out indefinitely (and probably done). The full scoop from Sammi Silber covering the Washington Capitals.
Calgary Hockey Now: The Calgary Flames are still searching for a body. Well, one worth keeping, anyway. The Flames are on the NHL trade market.
Sportsnet: In his 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman dumped ice water on NHL trade rumors that connected Marcus Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks.
TSN: The Insiders sized up the NHL trade market — Will Patrick Kane remain with the Chicago Blackhawks?
NHL: The Rangers beat the Lightning 3-1.
Boston: The Bruins sent several veterans to the AHL, but a few days later, Mike Foligno and company are back in the NHL. The final (again) Boston Bruins roster.
NYI: The New York Islanders will rise and fall based on the Mathew Barzal line. And that line will hinge on Kyle Palmieri.
Philly: Wow–the Flyers are YOUNG. There are 12 players 25 and younger (and some Ron Hextall pickups) on the Philadelphia Flyers roster.
Colorado Hockey Now: Ranking the Stanley Cup rings — the actual jewelry. Where do the Penguins’ rings rate in the last 10? This a cool piece from our Colorado Avalanche folks.
Dallas: Bruce Levine writes — enough. The Tyler Seguin “worst contract in hockey” talk has to stop. Dallas Stars coverage.