The Patrick Kane sweepstakes have not yet begun, but perhaps John Klingberg is about to hit the NHL trade rumors. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ defense might be more nicked up. Tristan Jarry is rehabbing, but it didn’t appear very aggressive. The Vancouver Canucks cannot avoid drama. One player accused the team of mishandling Tanner Pearson’s injury, swirling trade rumors, and now a report that the team might shove aside Bruce Boudreau for Rick Tocchet.
It’s insanity in Vancouver. That’s a good team that is missing an ingredient, but instead of building around a good core, they’re imploding. My view from afar is that Jim Rutherford’s transparency and sometimes off-handed honesty is not a good mix for a media market like Vancouver. It was enjoyable in Pittsburgh as everyone played amateur GM and it always seemed to have context. But the already rampant speculation around the Canucks in that intense market has become chaos for the players and org.
Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Tristan Jarry was on the ice before practice, but it didn’t look very aggressive. Tristan Jarry update.
At practice, another defenseman was absent. A beat-up blue line might be thinner Friday night. Penguins practice.
Taylor Fedun was recalled one day after Mark Friedman was demoted to the WBS Penguins.
Steelers Now: The 2023 Steelers free agents.
Alan Saunders explains why losing Brian Flores to the Browns would sting the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now: John Perrotto determines where Brian Reynolds ranks among the MLB outfielders.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
TSN: An update on Patrick Kane and soon the NHL trade rumors will include John Klingerberg, who had to submit his 10-team list.
Sportsnet: Canucks messy drama. The Canucks are talking to Rick Tocchet to take over as coach. Bruce Boudreau scratched Oliver Ekman-Larsson. And Quinn Hughes not so subtly accused the Canucks of mishandling Tanner Pearson’s hand injury. Pearson had a setback and is out of the year.
Metro Division / Eastern Conference:
Philly Hockey Now: Damn those Ipads! John Tortorella got rid of Ipads from the Philadelphia Flyers bench.
Owen Tippett is finding his game. Was the Claude Giroux trade a win for the Flyers?
Washington Hockey Now: Is the relationship broken between Anthony Mantha and the Washington Capitals?
NYI: Good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins — The Islanders blew a lead and lost to the Minnesota Wild. The Islanders were ahead of the Penguins, but no longer. Go inside the locker room. Frustration is growing inside the New York Islanders.
Detroit Red Wings: It’s been YEARS since Detroit beat Toronto. They finally did on Thursday. Robby Fabbri’s energy propelled the 4-1 Detroit Red Wings win.
Montreal Hockey Now: One of my favorite players, watch the three standing ovations as the Montreal Canadiens honored P.K Subban.
And another WiFi fight. This kid can throw. Arber Xhekaj dropped the mitts with Tanner Jeannot in the Canadiens’ win. Watch the Arber Xhekaj fight.
Boston Hockey Now: Wow. It took until Jan. 12. Get the details of the FIRST regulation home loss this season for the Boston Bruins.
Vegas Hockey Now: Keegan Kolesar got a haircut and led the Golden Knights. He had two assists, a fight, and six hits in the Vegas Golden Knights win over Florida.
Colorado Hockey Now: Emerging beat writer extraordinaire Evan Rawal hits this one out of the park. Twitter skewered Colorado after the lowly Chicago Blackhawks skated past them, 3-2. Is it panic time for the Colorado Avalanche?