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.
The Metro Division … the times they are a changing.
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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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- After the Bengals D threw shade at the Steelers’ playcalling, Hunter Homistek loaded up. “The Steelers Offense Needs Rhythm, but Matt Canada Can’t Dance.” Hunter takes no prisoners with the Steelers Offense.
- What is going on?! Even the Bengals’ OL threw shade at T.J. Watt.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
- The Pirates 40: Can a healthy Yerry De Los Santon make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates?
- PBN+: John Perrotto is in beast mode. Here’s an answer the Pirates give over and over. Pittsburgh Pirates analysis.
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.