Evgeni Malkin is carrying the Pittsburgh Penguins even as he jokingly chided Pittsburgh media that it’s only three games into the season. The Penguins’ bottom six is decidedly not carrying their share of the offensive burden yet. The Vancouver Canucks are working the NHL trade market to move Conor Garland, and Elliotte Friedman had the details on what they want. The Philadelphia Flyers will weaponize their cap space on the trade market, and multiple significant media members wondered if Steve Stamkos could wind up with the Boston Bruins.
I always enjoy a couple of days in D.C., and I enjoy the little dive bar at the bottom of my cheap downtown hotel. I watched a portion of the Broncos vs. Chiefs on Thursday night.
The Chiefs won easily, and Broncos quarterback Russel Wilson struggled. A couple of Broncos fans and the Philadelphia-born bartender came to an agreement about Wilson.
“At least he’s not Kenny Pickett!” they yelled.
Yikes. On with the hockey…
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Evgeni Malkin is filling the scoresheet with six points in three games and five takeaways. He spoke to the media Saturday night. He joked, he chided us, and he said some important things. There are hard lessons learned inside the Penguins locker room.
The top six forwards are going off, but the other lines are not so hot. Dave Molinari has the early (ugly) line on the Penguins’ bottom six.
Caleb Jones is a rising star in the 2024 NFL Draft, and on the bye week, the Steelers scouts were watching closely.
The Steelers visit the LA Rams this week but have the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 2. Uh oh — Sunday, Titans QB Ryan Tannehill left on crutches.
The Bengals survived, the Ravens won, and the Browns upset the 49ers. The AFC North update.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
Cody Potanko is in his glory. The Fall League is all about the minors. Get the updates on the Pirates prospects.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Boston Hockey Now: I’ll admit, I was skeptical, but multiple big-name media folk had the same idea, including our prominent Jimmy Murphy. If Tampa Bay doesn’t have a great season, could Steve Stamkos become a Bruins trade target?
Sportsnet: The Canucks are trying to move Conor Garland, but it’s tough because teams are evaluating their own roster for the moment. And there could be a new NHL Draft format soon. The Hockey Night in Canada headlines.
Auston Matthews now leads the NHL in goals. Back-to-back hat tricks?! Yeah, he’s ready for the season.
Philly Hockey Now: GM Daniel Briere will soon have cap space, and he bluntly told radio hosts the Flyers are open for business. Flyers trade talk.
New Jersey Hockey Now: Coach Lindy Ruff is already tweaking the lines, and was that Keith Kincaid? The New Jersey Devils Notebook.
Detroit Hockey Now (+): For National Hockey Now subscribers — Dylan Larkin is carrying on a Detroit sports tradition. The Detroit Red Wings story.
San Jose Hockey Now: I know some of you love goalie masks. Here’s the story behind the design of Mackenzie Blackwood‘s new mask.