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Dan’s Daily: Kessel Must Change Numbers, Silly NHL Trade Talk

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NHL trade, Pittsburgh Penguins, Evan Rodrigues

Phil Kessel wears No. 81. Always has. Jonathan Marchessault wears No. 81 with Vegas. Hey, it’s late August, and it qualifies as news that Kessel must swap numbers. Our Vegas colleagues have the scoop. There is some silly NHL trade talk in Toronto, Elliotte Friedman said there was almost a sign-and-trade between Montreal and Edmonton, and Jason Zucker hoisted a beauty of a trophy.

John Tortorella also said the Philadelphia Flyers should be motivated because everyone thinks they’ll stink. Gotta love Torts. And Elliotte Friedman believes the Calgary Flames are sniffing around Evan Rodrigues.

Later this morning, PHN will release our top five Penguins prospects. Let the suspense for our new No. 1 begin.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Jason Zucker appears ready for the coming NHL season. He filled the net in the Da Beauty league. And Fenway Sports Group teams are struggling in the standings. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Steelers Now: The Steelers trade talk involving Mason Rudolph got a second life. After seeming to die, Detroit Lions HC Dan Campbell blurted out that the Lions need a backup QB. *Ahem, Pittsburgh Steelers?

The Steelers O-line’s performance in the last preseason game might make the dumpster behind the Whooley’s Fish Market smell like daisies. There’s at least one new (old) starter at guard. Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now (+): The Pirates’ second-half regression has been the opposite of what was expected and needed. John Perrotto takes the Pirates to task … which is always fun. Pittsburgh Pirates.

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NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:

Vegas Hockey Now: No more No. 81 for Phil Kessel.

Calgary Hockey Now: Could Evan Rodrigues wind up with the Calgary Flames?

I cannot believe any team gave Phil Kessel a contract over Evan Rodrigues. Just cannot.

Toronto Star: I pay $9.99 (CDN) per month to read the Toronto Star Maple Leafs page. With a wink and some disdain, Damian Cox entered Patrick Kane to the Maple Leafs as the next great NHL trade rumor.

Montreal Hockey Now: Almost. Alllllmmooost. Fans always mention a sign-and-trade, but they don’t exist in the NHL. We ALMOST had one this summer between Montreal and the Edmonton Oilers. NHL trade chatter.

Sportsnet: Mike Babcock resigned from his college coaching job. Mmmhmm. That doesn’t seem curious.

Washington Hockey Now: The NHL has tiptoed around the problem, but if the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, they’ll face the political reality of denying a Russian team in the 2024 World Cup of Hockey.

Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers suck. At least that’s what head coach John Tortorella is telling his team that people think. Torts says they should be motivated. Philadelphia Flyers.

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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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Jay95
Jay95
1 month ago

Torts isn’t wrong lol. People do think the Flyers suck because, well, if it waddles…

Awesome to see Zucker having fun and playing. A huge sign that he’ll be healthy since he’s not just training all summer… Could be the most key pickup for the Pens; a healthy Zucker.

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay95

Wow, someone stunned Phil Kessel signed over a AHL Rodriguez ? Kessel was close to getting 400 NHL goals last year?

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 month ago

I’m taking Phil over E-Rod any day of the week if only for the fun factor and the aura that surrounds him. Surprised that E-Rod has lasted this long though.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

ERod is better than many of our signed forwards. 19 goals. Plays center, wing, PP and PK. We will miss him.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

The Penguins will miss ERod, but until they can shed more salary, they cannot fit him in. I suspect that is why they didn’t re sign him and why other teams haven’t been able to sign him either

Dean
Dean
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

I would agree if that were his average over 3-5 years. So far, he is a 30-game 1 hit wonder.

ERod needs to prove that he can play and score like that over a couple of seasons. Then he will get his money.

djr5899
djr5899
1 month ago

Tkachuk to Florida was considered the first NHL sign and trade per Calgary’s GM.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

Signing Kessel vs signing Rodrigues depends on what a team is looking for. If you want a guaranteed scorer and powerplay specialist, Kessel is your guy. If you want a player with versatility that can fill in anywhere in your lineup, then you sign ERod. Vegas wanted scoring and durability so they signed Phil. They also could use ERod but i guess the scoring with the loss of Pacioretty was most important to them. ERod had one part of a single season when he was a scorer and thats it. Phil has done nothing but score his entire career and… Read more »

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Phil has become more of an assist guy than a goal scorer the past few years though.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

I think the difference is that he was with Arizona, a team that needed more of an assist guy. With Vegas, he should be back in the 20-30 goal range. They are going to need all the goalscoring they can get with those 2 inexperienced goaltenders

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Rodrigues is also able to play in every situation, i forgot about that when he lost his spot on the power play. Given the proper chance to continue to play all positions and situations, he can definitely be a valuable player. Really surprised no one has picked him up. He would fit into any teams plans!

Norm McLellan
Norm McLellan
1 month ago

You can’t believe a “Super Star” like Evan Rodrigues didn’t get offered a contract but Phil did? Head back to hockey school sir.

Alan Smith
1 month ago

ERod is to small! Has all kinds of talents but in the new goon NHL he is a midget! He gets up off the ice every time but never returns the hit himself!

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

Well, at least ERod would take the initial hit. This *is* Phil we’re talking about. 🙂