The Pittsburgh Penguins trade rumors got a jolt on Monday with Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts podcast. The offerings were not surprising, but the credible confirmation that they’re out there means the second wave of Penguins offseason chatter is just beginning. The first wave was dominated by a lot of reports which were controverted or otherwise proved incorrect. The NHL trade value of Vladimir Tarasenko has cratered, and the Chicago Blackhawks pledged to release the findings of the independent report on their sexual assault scandal from 2010.
First, the Penguins news, as always.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Brock McGinn met the media for the first time. You can watch his presser or read about it. The takeaways are he believes he has more offense to give but wasn’t really given a chance to show that in Carolina, and he doesn’t want to let the Penguins down.
Washington: Don’t roll out the red carpet for Tom Wilson to live in your head rent-free. Don’t roll out the red carpet to let Tom Wilson live in your head rent-free. Don’t roll out the red carpet… Sammi Silber writes–Tom Wilson could have a much different impact next season.
Detroit: I’m putting this up here because it’s my second favorite story today. Detroit Red Wings goalie prospect Sebastian Cossa (2021, 15th overall) is a world-class trash talker. He’s already getting on Team Canada’s nerves for chirping in practice.
NHL Trade Chatter, News, & National Hockey Now:
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman dropped a couple of goodies for Penguins fans on his latest 31 Thoughts podcast, including the Penguins trade hopes revolve around Marcus Pettersson and potentially Jason Zucker. Obviously. The more interesting part is Friedman reports the Penguins to have a couple of interested parties in Pettersson on the NHL trade market…but the suitors don’t like his salary.
I’ll tackle the logistics and everything you want to discuss on that topic later today.
San Jose: Sheng Peng’s sources say the NHL trade chatter around Timo Meier has gone south because of his hefty contract.
STL. Post-Dispatch: The Vladimir Tarasenko market has cratered. Teams have backed off and begged away.
NY Post: Adam Pelech filed for arbitration. But Anthony Beauvillier and Ilya Sorokin did not. And Lou is hiding everything.
NYI Hockey Now: More from Friedman, the Islanders are believed to have a deal done with Casey Czikas, too.
Boston: The Boston Bruins are holding a development camp this week. They’re getting their prospects on the ice, together, to get a look. 2019 first-round pick John Beecher and recovery from shoulder surgery is the story.
Colorado: Former No. 2 overall pick Ryan Murray signed a bargain basement deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
Vancouver: Let’s have some fun with the Pacific Division and rank the centers. Yeah, Vancouver does pretty well in that regard.
Sportsnet:: Chicago has pledged to release the findings of its independent investigation into sexual assault and coverup.
Philly: After Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall poached a few of the Philadelphia Flyers scouting and development staff, the Flyers have made big changes to their staff.