It sounds like the Washington Capitals are getting a little bit faster and some playoff pop but that could just be NHL trade rumors run amock. Hagelin in Washington doesn’t sound like a good thing for the Pittsburgh Penguins who will likely have to contend with the Capitals for the Metro Division. TSN did an interesting look at the value of several players on the market and our buddy Tom helps us out with the best fake trade rumors.
However, today’s first link is to the Athletic which owned the hockey coverage in Pittsburgh, Wednesday. Full stop and stick tap. Jim Rutherford dared to defend Jack Johnson and all hell broke loose (The Athletic).
Why aren’t the Penguins bigger players in the trade market? Because they’re finally gelling and finding their identity–(Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Carl Hagelin rumors started Wednesday evening. Elliotte Friedman dropped the strong hint during a radio hit (Nichols on hockey)
It sure sounds like he is headed to the Capitals BUT…as of 4 a.m. (1 a.m. PST), there was no deal.
If I may, here’s how the process starts: Bob McKenzie of TSN said earlier Wednesday there appeared to be a trade in the works in LA. That’s all he said. He didn’t know which player and cited several possibles. Later, Friedman reported the Capitals to have interest in Carl Hagelin.
Cue internet fury and fakeries. THE FOLLOWING IS NOT REAL:
Hagelin has just been told he's been dealt per. source.
— NHLInsiderBuzz (@NHLInsiderBuzz) February 21, 2019
The account does have an NHL type name and logo, eh? The same account also reported Kevin Hayes to Boston was a done deal. Oops.
Are Mats Zuccarello and Michel Ferland worth top picks? Which players on the market could fetch a first-round pick? TSN did a dive into that question (TSN)
Also from TSN–Bob McKenzie reported today is the decision day on Mark Stone in Ottawa. Should I stay or should I go, now? If he goes there will be trouble. And he if stays it will be double… (TSN)
The Calgary Flames are sending mixed messages on the trade deadline (Sportsnet)
Marcus Johansson is the sneaky trade deadline add, according to Pierre LeBrun. Perhaps if the Capitals add Hagelin, the Penguins will add Johansson? That’s sarcasm and not real, please don’t start internet rumors but Johansson’s backhander was pretty sweet Tuesday. (The Athletic)
Zach Kassian was a beast when Edmonton made the playoffs in 2017. He may be available. Boy oh boy, if a Metro team wanted a Tom Wilson equalizer, there he is (Edmonton Journal)