VANCOUVER, British Columbia — My last dateline from B.C., as we’re off to Seattle for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ final game of their five-game trip, including four in the west. The Penguins are going in the wrong direction. The San Jose Sharks are essentially putting everyone on the NHL trade block. The Vancouver Canucks not only trounced the Penguins but also made another trade. The Montreal Canadiens could get creative with trade options, and the Arizona Coyotes had an electric crowd at Mullet Arena.
It’s been a weird day. I had a plant-based hot dog covered in jalapeno peppers, onion straws, bacon, and cream cheese. Why do they serve bacon but not real hot dogs? It was pretty fantastic, anyway. Rogers Arena is undergoing heavy renovations. No media room. Media, players, and coaches are essentially shoved into a little hallway for the time being. I can tell you, but not report, the Penguins were not happy folks on Friday night.
Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates (Sports Now Group PGH)
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Mike Sullivan shuffled his d-pairs and was obviously not a happy guy after the game. The ugly recap for the brave of heart and dark sense of humor. Pittsburgh Penguins lose 5-1 to Vancouver.
4 Penguins takeaways and full quotes from the Penguins’ locker room. I tried something a little different on Friday. You get my takeaways from the game and the raw locker room conversation. Check it out, Penguins locker room.
- Matt Canada gave his side of the story. A lack of deep balls and why the Steelers are struggling.
- A stiff game against a Super Bowl contender. Injuries won’t help. No Levi Wallace and no Larry Ogunjobi. Steelers injury report.
- BUT–BUT–Guess who might play Sunday? The door is open for T.J. Watt.
- The sights and sounds, including video of Watt in coverage, at Steelers practice.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now (+): You know…the plan might work. The Pittsburgh Pirates could copy the Astros’ blueprint.
NHL Trade, News, & National Hockey Now:
DFO: The Canucks snagged defenseman Ethan Bear from Carolina for a draft pick. Bear wasn’t happy as a spare d-man and has been on the NHL trade market for a couple of weeks.
San Jose Hockey Now: Everyone, except maybe Tomas Hertl, is now on the NHL trade block. GM Mike Grier is listening on almost all of the San Jose Sharks.
Montreal Hockey Now: The Canadiens have too many NHL forwards. GM Kent Hughes has been nosing around the NHL trade market. Marc Dumont looks at a few “creative” options for a Canadiens trade.
Sportsnet: Mullet Arena is only 5,000 seats. More than a few have groused, “C’mon, this is the NHL.” However, for at least one night, the Arizona Coyotes played in front of a wild audience, and it was kind of fun.
Philly: Carter Hart is the backbone. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome your first-place Philadelphia Flyers.
Washington: Is Alex Ovechkin OK, trade talk, and Peter Laviolette’s future? Sammi Silber doesn’t hold back in a Washington Capitals mailbag.
Colorado: New Jersey beat Colorado. Yes, the Metro Division Devils handed it to the Colorado Avalanche.