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NHL trade rumors Jack Eichel

And so it begins. Despite hoping against hope and trying to save the ship, it appears Buffalo Sabres GM Kevyn Adams will give up the ghost of keeping star center Jack Eichel. The NHL trade market is about to get a big fish. The Montreal Canadiens clogged the zones and squeezed the Vegas Golden Knights for a Game 2 win, and we analyze the Pittsburgh Penguins options for an experienced backup goalie with playoff experience.

Obstruction is out of control in the NHL. Get a lead, tackle the opposition, win a game. The hockey played before a team gets a two-goal lead is great. Afterward, the hockey is like watching a Floyd Mayweather fight; the excitement comes from watching one side try to mount offense.

Anyhoo…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: If (IF) the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the NHL trade market or the free-agent lists for an experienced backup goalie with playoff chops, these are the Penguins’ options and the “no-go” list. 

Bleacher Report: The Buffalo Sabres leaked the idea they may hire a coach who suits star center, Jack Eichel. That doesn’t seem to have quelled Eichel’s distrust and desire to play somewhere else. TSN analyst Pierre LeBrun broke the news, but TSN only allows Canadians to view the video report, so here’s the aggregation from Bleacher Report — The Eichel trade sweepstakes are getting warm. The NHL trade rumors are just beginning. 

I don’t know why TSN won’t let us Americans watch news reports. I’m sure it’s a contractual issue somewhere, but it’s silly.

NHL Playoff Coverage

Vegas: The Golden Knights pushed hard in the final 30 minutes but couldn’t get that third goal. The down and dirty postgame wrap with quick analysis: Montreal wins Game 2. 

NYI: Now this is interesting–Barry Trotz said his team’s reluctance to take a penalty allowed Tampa Bay to dish some extra shots. The New York Saints won’t get much sympathy, but it an amusing read. 

Trotz successfully worked the officials in Round Two and had Patrice Bergeron tossed out of several faceoffs.

NHL.com: Jason Spezza signed a one-year deal at a hometown discount to stay with the Leafs.

More NHL Trade Rumors & National Hockey Now:

Philly: Jack Eichel with the Philadelphia Flyers? “It makes sense.” Uh oh…That would certainly alter the Metro Division and make the Pittsburgh Penguins road a little tougher. Can the Flyers pull it off?

Via Twitter, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Lance Lysowksi reports the New Jersey Devils have an interest in Sabres D-man Rasmus Ristolainen.

So, too, should the Penguins. I really liked Ristolainen’s physical game, at least against the Penguins, this season. He was in Crosby or Malkin’s sweater with malice. He can also move the puck. As a general rule, if Tom Fitzgerald likes a player, he’s worth considering.

Boston: The Boston Bruins are going to take one more shot at glory with an aging core. Sound familiar? They’re also looking for a reliable LHD, “who chews up minutes.”

Colorado: Adrian Dater broke the news–after some public questions, the Colorado Avalanche will indeed bring back coach Jared Bednar next season. 

Stick tap to Adrian for a tough week. There was lots of piling on for his press conference whoops, and lots of stones from glass houses. So, the guy goes and gets the biggest story in Avalanche land. That’s a pro. And my friend.

San Jose: If you want some San Jose Sharks chatter and some armchair GM NHL trade talk (Brent Burns for Seth Jones?), the Locked on Sharks podcast is worth a listen. 

Florida: Jonathan Huberdeau wins NHL Best Assist. Check it out. 

*And here’s a fable about keeping your draft picks and making good picks beyond the first round. Every GM should take note, and fans who want ammo to criticize their GM should read:

Detroit: Want to know why the Tampa Bay Lightning are in the Stanley Cup discussion every year? Steve Yzerman batted .545 in the NHL Draft. Yeah, that’s really good–here are the details.

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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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Steve
Steve
3 months ago

Welcome to the Ristolainen bandwagon. Against the Pens he looked like a physical force. What would you give? Is that part of a larger deal with Guentzel? Rust? Pettersson?

Steve
Steve
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Neither would I. He’s 26 with a year left at $5.4 million. Just read a hit piece in a Devils site saying they shouldn’t give up much for him. I don’t know. He looked really good against the Pens and he brings a ton of physicality and passion. The article was attacking his defensive play. So can he be obtained without including one of the Pens’ biggest trade chips?

Katz
Katz
3 months ago

If anyone watching these final 4 teams does not realize how far way the Penguins are from post season success they are either sycbofants , emotionally invested fans, or snake oil salespersons not wanting to offend their customers. Not only is the proof in the pudding, 3 First Round exits, but the poor management after the two Cups is now presenting. Not moving Malkin, not getting bigger actually preventing this needed ingredient, playing Dom Simon like he was Braden Pointe, Yes that is a clue to what was wrong And the abject Titanic fail of a Round trip Reaves trade… Read more »

Cal
Cal
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Yeah, there sure seems to be a smaller player mentality and that is surprising considering it it a very physical sport. Hex has to fix that problem. Frick the team is against the cap with players to sign. Something must give.

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Katz, what is your obsession with Dominik Simon? It has been a full season since he was in a Penguins sweater. Did he turn you down for a date or something?

You seriously need to find something you enjoy in life and do it. Being a negative nancy on all of Dan’s articles everyday can’t be good for you. I bet you are a lot of fun at parties.

Katz
Katz
3 months ago
Reply to  D1VE is Dumb

No obsession as I said it is a symptom of the larger problem which we are now witnessing. It was irrational to rely on analytics in spite of what ones own eyes were telling you. His First line PP minutes were way out of line with his lack of production and the question is why did it take so long to realize? As for negativity it is more cynicism based on reality.,some view opinions and truth as insults and that is pure defensiveness. It’s long past time for hard questions . I’ll end my posting here now. I’ll leave others… Read more »

Donny
Donny
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

This is the 4th or 5th time you said you were checking out. I’m from Missouri… “Show Me!”

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