The first significant hockey date on the summer calendar did not disappoint. Beginning Saturday, teams were allowed to buy out players and there were a couple of large contracts which were filed under mistakes of GMs past. The Pittsburgh Penguins made a little splash on the trade market by moving Olli Maatta to Chicago for Dominik Kahun, the NHL trade rumors are picking up and the Penguins are linked to a defenseman, though no one knows how they would make it happen. And, the Boston Bruins played through a laundry list of injuries, including a concussion–uh oh.
Let’s start with the Bruins injuries. There were at least a dozen serious maladies the Bruins played through. Cracked sternums, broken jaw, and a concussion? Just when you think the hockey culture is beginning to understand you can’t do that, Jake DeBrusk essentially admitted he did (Boston Hockey Now)
Here is the full list of Bruins injuries, which they were playing through. It’s staggering. Hockey players are tough (Boston Hockey Now)
The Penguins got a solid return for defenseman Olli Maatta. A colleague in Chicago called Dominik Kahun “sneaky good.” Full Analysis– (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Elliott Friedman’s 31 Thoughts are a veritable treasure trove of talking points and NHL trade rumors. So, just wait a couple of days for your favorite rumor site or fake rumor provocateur to drop something (Sportsnet)
The LA Kings bought out Dion Phaneuf and the Philadelphia Flyers bought out Andy MacDonald. There are rumors of more (Sporting News)
The St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup parade was kind of a big deal (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
PHN was the first with full analysis and news of the trade–though Dreger beat us by a couple of minutes on Twitter. So it goes. Coming up at 9 a.m., PHN will publish an interesting story about a potential Penguins UFA target. An industry source dropped a little nugget on us which was too good to ignore.
Happy Father’s Day! For my detractors, trolls and other ne’er-do-wells, blame my father for my love of hockey. From going to games when Mario was a young guy hanging out at the red line, Long John Silvers jersey nights, and even seeing Mario score five goals five different ways, blame him for loading up the Plymouth Horizon (which had surprising torque) with kids and heading to the Civic Arena.
That kid who came home hoarse with sore hands after a hockey game would look at me now and smile. He’d also wonder what the hell happened to his hair. Thanks, Dad.