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The jubilation and joy of winning the Stanley Cup will be short-lived for one or more Tampa Bay Lightning players who will find themselves in the NHL trade rumors or the subject of a buyout in the coming hours. The buyout window opened on Thursday night, and a couple of Bolts could be pink-slipped. Vladimir Tarasenko and his trade demands caused a stir and debate, the Vegas Golden Knights are eyeing a white whale, and we cast a bright spotlight on the Penguins offseason chatter.

That last part was a little bit sarcastic.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: This week, I sent out the S.O.S to sources and a few colleagues. Has anyone heard anything about the Penguins? The responses came back… Are the Pittsburgh Penguins “in” on anybody?

NHL Trade Talk, National Hockey Now network…

Vegas: Jack Eichel. Possibly-probably?-The biggest get on the NHL trade market. He has to undergo neck surgery or rehab to be ready for next season, but according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Vegas Golden Knights have emerged as suitors. 

Boston: Hello, Vladimir Tarasenko? The Boston Bruins have been big-game hunting for a year, but they’re going to re-sign Taylor Hall, right? …right? Would the rebuilt Tarasenko work in Beantown? 

The Athletic ($): Jeremy Rutherford reported Tarasenko wants a trade. He also reports Tarasenko wants a contender but is eying New York–BOTH the New York Rangers and Islanders. 

ESPN+ ($): The juggernaut Tampa Bay Lightning have to make moves quickly to get under the NHL salary cap–that pesky thing they didn’t have to worry about in the playoffs. They’re about $5 million over the cap with new contracts due. Buyouts and trades could soon follow.

NYI: Christian Arnold pulls no punches–Tarasenko wants New York? He says, “no thanks,” the cost isn’t worth it for the Islanders. 

Washington: Florida. New York. There’s another NHL place with heavy Russian influence–Washington. So how about a Kuznetsov for Tarasenko deal?

I didn’t mean that to be a political joke, but I’ll take it.

Detroit: The Red Wings have $27 million in salary-cap space to spend — they could have MORE, too. It’s buyout season, and Steve Yzerman could buy out one defenseman and one forward soon. 

Colorado: That buyout calculator on Puckpedia.com GM Feature may get a workout. The flat cap is causing hard choices–Will the Colorado Avalanche buy out defenseman Erik Johnson?  

San Jose: Sheng Peng continued his conversation with hockey data scientist Patrick Bacon. An interesting story, especially for analytics-curious folks–The Sharks are headed in the wrong direction–how would he turn them around?

And–Happy Birthday, Florida Hockey Now! Congrats, George Richards. FHN turned one year old, and here’s the plan for year 2. 

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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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Frank
Frank
3 months ago

On the assumption that “wishful thinking” is just that and has no meaning. How in the world are the Pens going to make any changes that materially upgrade the current team to be much better than last years team . .. with trades or free agency? They do not need a material change to become a good team . . . because they will be exactly that next year. But they will not be a serious Cup contender. In and of itself that may not be terrible as long as fans are content with being in hockey Purgatory . ..… Read more »

Ken Colligan
3 months ago
Reply to  Frank

You have intelligently described where the Pens reside. The delusion of past glory becomes more prominent every year.

Craig
Craig
3 months ago
Reply to  Ken Colligan

It’s a trap that teams and it’s fans fall into, denying the obvious and and trying to keep past glories alive.

JCW
JCW
3 months ago

Are there better locker room hot tubs in NY over St Louis? Can’t help the club in the tub

Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
3 months ago

I go back to Rutherford he left for a reason it was a situation he could not fix Frank is spot on enjoy the regular season at least for a while it’s entertaining but not a chance for any championship again.

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