LOS ANGELES — We will learn what the Pittsburgh Penguins know about goalie Tristan Jarry today. Coach Mike Sullivan didn’t have an update on the severity of Jarry’s injury but did clarify the puck made contact with Jarry’s face. We’ve laid out the Penguins’ options going forward. The Edmonton Oilers are chumming the NHL trade market for a goalie while being saddled with Jack Campbell. The Minnesota Wild tapped the trade market, swapping defensemen, and Shane Wright will get the NHL call after Kraken forward Jordan Eberle was cut by a skate blade.
Some have anxiously asked how great my West Coast trip has been. I must tell you, I’ve had zero fun since Day 2 on this 10-day Penguins road trip. After Alcatraz and a great Italian dinner in San Francisco on my first day, the closest I came to enjoying life was a beer during Monday Night Football at a quickly overcrowded Buffalo Wild Wings in an outlet mall across the street in Anaheim. I thought I would satisfy my greasy spoon cravings with some Mexican food Wednesday night in LA. Instead, I received a fun-size Chimichanga for $10. So, I went to a grubby little street taco place for two tacos … that were the size of my palm. At least they were only $1.20 each.
I ended up overpaying for two scoops of ice cream, going back to my room with a bottle of seltzer water, and watching the LA Kings and Vegas Golden Knights before falling asleep while surfing what to watch on Netflix. You’re jealous, I can tell.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: From the Penguins practice at Crypto.com Arena. Magnus Hellberg is ready. However, Tuesday night, Tristan Jarry suffered a head injury; coach Mike Sullivan clarified what happened on the sequence and where the puck struck Jarry. Now, the team is awaiting answers on Tristan Jarry’s injury.
I’m not sure of the larger implications, but Andreas Johnsson was placed on waivers for the purposes of terminating his contract. More on the Penguins’ transaction.
So, what are the Penguins’ options if Jarry is out for a while? We dove into the decision that Sullivan and president of hockey operations Kyle Dubas will have to make for the Penguins’ goaltending situation.
One thing I’m kicking myself for failing to delineate in that story clearly is the Penguins are able to call up a goalie on an emergency basis, and it does not count against the salary cap. I took that fact for granted but later realized many didn’t know it. This is part of the NHL’s COVID roster rules changes that stuck; they never again want to see a Zamboni driver beat the Toronto Maple Leafs (but the rest of us do).
And how many of you have noticed the Penguins power play No. 2 seemingly quickly creating chances and wondered why the first unit doesn’t snap to attention like PP2? So, I asked, and here’s what members of the Penguins power play said.
Chuks Okorafor explained why he was benched against the Tennessee Titans and took some ownership of it but admitted he doesn’t know what the fallout will be for his position on the Steelers’ offensive line.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now
MLB free agency is getting underway. John Perrotto, who has been an absolute treasure for us at the Sports Now Group PGH, looked at three free agents who could be affordable and gettable for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The countdown is getting into serious territory. The top 30 prospects series is down to No. 8. Pitcher Mike Burrows had Tommy John surgery, and his response this season will be mission-critical. Here’s more on one of the top Pirates prospects.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now
San Jose Hockey Now: Minnesota traded defenseman and former Penguins prospect Calen Addison to the San Jose Sharks.
Sportsnet 32 Thoughts: When Elliotte Friedman starts speaking, it’s usually time to listen. Elliotte is in favor of the Oilers going all in for a goalie now that Jack Campbell has washed out. The NHL trade chatter surrounding the goalie trade market and an interesting tidbit about the Penguins’ playoff hopes in the latest 32 Thoughts.
Ken Holland is a Hall of Fame GM, but he’s not done a great job over the last several years. Going into the playoffs last season with Nick Bjugstad as a second-liner was rough sledding. I liked Nick very much during his time in Pittsburgh, but second-line on a good team is a bit over his pay grade. The hangover from Vegas breaking them in the playoffs is still lingering.
Philly Hockey Now: There is one team lurking that could help Edmonton. Our new Philly beat writer, Jonathan Bailey, took a hard look at how the Philadelphia Flyers could quickly help the Oilers on the NHL trade market.
The Province: When Jim Rutherford gets itchy, things start happening. Patrick Johnston reports the Canucks want to add a big piece upfront and want some blue-line help, too.
TSN: Shane Wright was called up to the big club after Seattle Kraken forward Jordan Eberle suffered a deep cut from a skate blade during practice.
Players–were your wrist and neck guards. Tuesday night in Anaheim, we watched paramedics going through a walkthrough for serious injuries. I don’t ever want to see the real thing, please and thanks.
Montreal Hockey Now: A player that I know many of you like is Brendan Gallagher. A gritty, energetic guy who can score. He’s having a surprising start to the Canadiens season.
Carolina Hockey Now: Martin Necas netted an OT winner for the Carolina Hurricanes and, in the process, earned himself a new nickname. The ultra-hard hitting, but you must read Hurricanes news.