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Dan’s Daily: Canucks Eyeing Jake Guentzel; Penguins Hiring Coaches

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We’ve got sunshine in Western Pennsylvania for three straight days. I hope you all can handle it. The Pittsburgh Penguins will likely do one big press release, but it seems they’ve filled both coaching vacancies in the organization, including a big-name Mike Sullivan friend as assistant coach. An old friend may move decisively on the NHL trade market to acquire the rights to Jake Guentzel and then put his name on a big contract. And Darren Dreger rolled through the Canadian teams’ off-season trade hopes, including a scoring winger that has been tied to the Penguins.

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I found an amazing biopic on Amazon Prime. It’s from 2010, but “Keep Your Head Up, Kid; The Don Cherry Story” is about the best thing I’ve watched in a while. His son Tim wrote it, and a little-known actor (at the time), Jared Keeso, played Cherry. You now know Keeso as the writer and star of Letterkenny and Shoresey. He absolutely nailed Cherry’s speech cadence.

It’s about the fight to do something you love, from being a minor league player, then a coach, to getting reprimanded on his first broadcast and his wife asking him to tone it down.

I know a lot of people will have a knee-jerk reaction to seeing Don Cherry’s name, but Charles Barkley’s shoutout is indicative of the free speech comeback. We were on top of each other for a hot minute during the pandemic, and the results weren’t great. I’m not debating anything Grapes said–that’s for you to decide for yourself–but the biopic is a few hours very well spent. I didn’t know what an underdog Cherry was, and that really hit home with me, too.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: I waited all day for the team to confirm the hire, but that post or email never came. However, a reputable report from New York said the Penguins have filled their assistant coach position with noted Mike Sullivan friend and former NHL head coach David Quinn.

I’ll dive more into the analysis of it today, but I’ll tip my hand a bit. The more I dug into it with Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now, the more it made good sense.

And Team USA or Sullivan made a move to fill out his Team USA staff for the Four Nations Face-Off, adding former WBS Penguins coach and current Minnesota Wild boss Jon Hynes.

I suspect we’ll have plenty of news today or tomorrow. Tony Androkitis, who covers the AHL, couldn’t confirm it, so I won’t quote his Tweet yet, but he believes the Penguins have hired a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach, too.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: It was a pretty good game to watch. Paul Skenes was dealing, but the Cardinals pitcher was tossing a perfect game into the sixth. Yet, the Pirates broke through in the ninth for a stunning win. Here are the details for those Pittsburgh Pirates.

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now

TSN: It seems the Canadian teams will be making the most noise this summer. From Vancouver to Ottawa, buckle up. In fact, Patrik Allvin almost traded Elias Lindholm to Boston to make room for Jake Guentzel. And they’re still eyeing up the 40-goal scorer today.

The Athletic ($): Nikolaj Ehlers. Murat Ates has previously tied him to the Penguins, among a handful of teams, via trade, and things are getting more serious up north as the Winnipeg Jets begin to make their off-season plans.

Florida Hockey Now: The Stanley Cup Final resumes in Edmonton tomorrow. Our boys at Florida Hockey Now are on top of it. One key factor in the Panthers’ 2-0 series lead, they’re winning the special teams battle.

Aleksander Barkov left Game 2 after Leon Draisaitl caught him with a high forearm. The Panthers immediately defended their player and got a two-minute power play, but questions linger about the availability for Game 3 and beyond for the Panthers’ captain.

New Jersey Hockey Now: Running with the Devils? The New Jersey Devils have been hot on the Calgary Flames for goalie Jacob Markstrom for months, but now the price tag is becoming clear. James Nichols writes why that price tag is worth it to complete the Devils trade.

Montreal Hockey Now: One of the more interesting stories, and it’s hard to believe it’s an issue. Carey Price essentially retired a couple of years ago, but with the LTIR rules, he’s still on the Montreal Canadiens’ payroll. As Marc Dumont writes, as much as it seems to be a sacrilege, the Canadiens must trade Price’s contract.

Buffalo Hockey Now: Some good old-fashioned free-agent hate. Avoid, avoid. Jason Moser dishes three free agents that fans might want but would waste the Buffalo Sabres money.

Philly Hockey Now: I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. I didn’t understand the fussing and whining by fans over the Washington Capitals to buy and close CapFriendly to the public. Use PuckPedia.com! However, it does seem the move will also affect several teams who use the site, leaving several in the lurch, including the Philadelphia Flyers.