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Dan’s Daily: Hextall Looking on Trade Market, the Devils Becoming Elite?

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NHL trade rumors, Pittsburgh Penguins, Jason Zucker, Kasperi Kapanen

No dateline today. Home. I promptly celebrated by oversleeping and getting to Dan’s Daily an hour late. Elliotte Friedman didn’t dive into specifics because Ron Hextall hates the NHL trade rumors, but Friedman specifically cited the Penguins as actively looking. Sidney Crosby was honored as the NHL’s No. 1 star, Dave Molinari tacked the Jason Zucker question, Patrice Bergeron joined the 1000-point club, the New Jersey Devils cannot be stopped, the New York Islanders keep winning, and frustration is building within the Washington Capitals.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: After scoring 10 points in three games, including the game-winner over the Chicago Blackhawks to preserve Evgeni Malkin’s 1000th game, the NHL named Sidney Crosby the No. 1 star.

What should the Penguins do with Jason Zucker? He is a UFA at the season’s end. He’s been oft-injured and not enough of a factor. This season, he’s healthy and playing the top-shelf hockey the Penguins need. Sign him? Dave Molinari begins the Jason Zucker debate.

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NHL Trade Talk, News & Nationa Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: 32 Thoughts podcast. Elliotte Friedman didn’t have specifics, but Penguins GM Ron Hextall is trying to find a trade partner. Friedman reiterated that “the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking into things.” Jeff Marek and Friedman also enjoyed the Malkin tributes. Here’s the full 32 Thoughts podcast.

TSN: Seriously, the galloping New Jersey Devils. They laid waste to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night for their 13th win — yes, 13th — in a row. TSN examines, are the Devils elite?

Kids, I’ve never said this before, but we might have to start watching some Devils games. GM Tom Fitzgerald has done a great job with that organization under challenging circumstances. They’re not fast. They’re 2016 Penguins fast.

Washington Hockey Now: Sammi Silber is one of the few on the Capitals beat who works the locker room and talks to the players for informed, intelligent stories. She reports bad vibes are growing in D.C. Frustration is mounting as losses pile up for the Washington Capitals.

There’s a reason for all of the NHL trade rumors flying out of Washington. Things aren’t looking good unless Nick Backstrom can get back to healthy. The Pittsburgh Penguins are teetering. The Capitals are falling. It won’t seem like the Metro without those two teams on top of the division.

Philly Hockey Now: There’s a mess in Philly. The Philadelphia Flyers lost their seventh straight game.

NYI Hockey Now: Cal Clutterbuck is now the NHL’s all-time hits leader. He and Stefen Rosner had a locker room chat (sometimes those are the best). Clutterbuck had a simple philosophy, “Be the hunter, not the hunted.” More from the New York Islanders‘ happy room.

The Islanders beat Toronto to solidify their Metro standing in the Metro. They needed a third period rally before Anthony Beauvillier’s OT dagger was the winner for the Islanders.

Vegas Hockey Now: The third line was benched, a controversial no-goal and the Golden Knights still won.

Boston Hockey Now: It seems like he should have gotten there a while ago, but Patrice Bergeron just hit the 1000-point mark.

Editor’s Note: the original version of the story indicated Bergeron played in his 1000th game instead of scoring his 1000th point. We corrected the error.

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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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Anonymous
Anonymous
9 days ago

As currently constructed, this team will be lucky to even make the playoffs. Start the rebuild now. Pittsburgh has always built the team around a star. We need a new one now that 87 and 71 are showing age, yes, still good, but let’s accept reality. Trade Kap, POJ, and Zucker to Vancouver for JT Miller and a defenseman. Obtain one of the following for grit: Tanev or ZAR. Carter seems like another good candidate to move, he hasn’t aged well and slows down substantially as season wears on. Bottom line, we need to go from being one of the… Read more »

Zach
Zach
9 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Penguins are not rebuilding until 87, 71, and 58 hang up the skates. Most fans won’t like it, but it’s the truth.

EJ Hradek stated a couple weeks ago, The Penguins and The Capitals are both in the same boat, both teams will probably retool their rosters, but will not go into a full on rebuild until their franchise players retire.

Last edited 9 days ago by Zach
Fredrick
Fredrick
8 days ago
Reply to  Zach

I mean a rebuild happens immediately if they are able to draft Connor Bedard.

Zach
Zach
8 days ago
Reply to  Fredrick

I kind of meant, the Penguins will not trade Crosby, Malkin, or Letang but rather they will retool around them. Personally, I wouldn’t mind adding some younger guys to go with the veteran guys. The LA Kings did it with Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, and Jonathan Quick. If the Penguins, want to tear it all down, you would have to trade these guys and they aren’t going to do that. I do think this is a time where they can start restocking the pipeline, so they have talent to replace these guys when they are near the end of their… Read more »

Chico Maleeko
Chico Maleeko
7 days ago
Reply to  Zach

You’re absolutely correct. There is no way in hell that they are going to blow this roster up and have Sid playing for a basement dweller for the rest of his career. The franchise owes far too much to Sid to do that to him. This team could still compete with a few moves over the next couple of seasons. I’m not ready to count them out quite yet.

Dan N
Dan N
9 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

So let’s see..I give you a guy who can’t make our limo our 6th defenseman a guy who will be a free agent next year..for your best player..who by the way makes 8 million a year..plus a defenseman..Yea that works!!

Pete
Pete
8 days ago
Reply to  Dan N

LOL

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 days ago
Reply to  Dan N

GMJR might actually take that deal. At this point I’d throw in Rust or Jake for a star like JT Miller.

Zach
Zach
8 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Keep in mind this is the same JR who traded a first rd pick for Ryan Reaves and traded Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson…

Dan N
Dan N
8 days ago
Reply to  Zach

Well it was a two for Reaves and Hamelin for Pearson does nothing for anyone

Dan N
Dan N
8 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

So now you’re throwing in Guentzel….I can see why your Anonymous

Zach
Zach
8 days ago
Reply to  Dan N

JT Miller has played 656 career games and has 472 points and 179 goals.

Jake Guentzel has played in 390 career games and has 359 points and 171 goals.

So Guentzel has played in 266 fewer games and is almost a point per game player, yet this guy wants to trade Guentzel for a guy who’s barely a point per game player?

Don’t get me wrong JT is a good player, but not worth 8 million a year.

Last edited 8 days ago by Zach
Phil
Phil
8 days ago
Reply to  Zach

JT miller is 30 years old. Didnt anonymous say get younger than proceeded to give scenarios were we trade an acquire more players in their 30’s lol. Anonymous whole comment was a paragraph of contradiction. And your spot on about jake guentzel. Not trading him for JT miller.

Zach
Zach
8 days ago
Reply to  Phil

The Canucks are going to regret that contract as Miller gets older. He’s not going to put up 90 point seasons like he did last year.

Pete
Pete
9 days ago

No Bergeron has 1235 games played. He just hit the 1000 POINTS milestone! Geez.