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Dan’s Daily: NHL Trade Rumor Updates; Panthers Primed; Penguins Opportunity

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Sidney Crosby. Pittsburgh Penguins. NHL trade talk surrounds Toronto Maple Leafs

It’s a slightly later edition of Dan’s Daily Friday. The NHL trade rumors got a few updates, including on Mitch Marner and Martin Necas. We dove into the fray with our now-viral piece explaining why and how the Pittsburgh Penguins should trade for Columbus Blue Jackets winger Patrik Laine. The Florida Panthers overcame the travel nightmares and hung on to beat the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3, setting up a possible sweep in Game 4. The New York Rangers perhaps surprisingly took RFA Kaapo Kakko off the market, and the San Jose Sharks finally replaced David Quinn.

I finally took advantage of the weather this week by playing some golf on Thursday. A friend and I tried LakeVue North on Rt. 8 in Butler. It’s a solid course — long but open and fair. Of course, for someone battling tendinitis, it was the dumbest thing I’ve done in quite a while, but worth it. In pain, I stopped trying to kill the ball and shot a 44 on the back nine, which felt pretty good considering I had just picked up the game late last summer after a long … long absence. I recommend the course. It was only $39 for 18 and a cart, but it is cash only.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Well, this went viral and was hotly debated. Patrik Laine and Columbus have agreed that after exiting the NHL/NHLPA Players Assistance Program, he needs a fresh start elsewhere. The cost to acquire him will never be lower, and he could fit in well with the Penguins lineup. Here’s how and why Kyle Dubas should pounce, and he should be a top Penguins trade target.

I had to chuckle for everyone who angrily responded that Laine doesn’t play defense and could be a locker room problem. How many of those same people love Phil Kessel?

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: A rubber match went against the Pirates again. Mitch Keller wasn’t sharp, and the Buccos dropped the afternoon under the Arch. Here’s the full recap of the Pittsburgh Pirates game.

Steelers Now: Mini-camp is over, but we have plenty to digest. An undrafted QB got his shot in mini-camp. And an unheralded WR is pushing to make a place for himself, too. Here’s the Steelers takeaways.

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now

Sportsnet: The NHL rumor roundup has more on Mitch Marner and Laine. It seems Utah is going to be the choice du jour for a lot of prognosticators, at least until they get their feet settled and a direction. Marner has a real decision to make–run it back again or accept that it’s over in Toronto and accept a trade.

Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch reports the Ottawa Senators are listening on the No. 7 overall pick. They have needs, such as goaltending, and want to take the next step to become a playoff team.

TSN: The (almost) off-season watch continued as Pierre LeBrun updated the trade chatter surrounding Martin Necas. A lot of teams inquired, and it seems several have emerged as front runners, including Boston, Montreal, and Chicago.

New GM Eric Tulsky in Carolina is doing a nice job driving up the price.

Florida Hockey Now: A win away. The Panthers outplayed then hung on against the Edmonton Oilers for a 4-3 win in Game 3. It’s been a long ride with Stanley Cup Final appearances early in the organization’s existence, but winning the Cup was not to be. Now, they need just one more win. One. A Stanley Cup Championship is so close for the Florida Panthers.

He was iffy for Game 3. He played. He dominated. With the exception of Sidney Crosby, there probably isn’t a better two-way player in the game right now than Sasha Barkov.

I should go back through and troll all of the people who had to act like vitriolic clowns on X when I predicted the Panthers in five games. Gee, I guess I do watch hockey, bro.

No, I just didn’t feel Edmonton had the depth scoring and goaltending to compete, especially since Florida was on top of their game.

Philly Hockey Now: From Sam Carchidi. Florida had a unique rebuilding method, and Sam wonders aloud with some evidence if the Philadelphia Flyers will copy it.