VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Philadelphia Flyers snagged a former New York Islanders first-round pick off waivers, the Vancouver Canucks hit the NHL trade block for a center from the Boston Bruins, Jakob Chychrun suffered a setback in his rehab chilling those NHL trade rumors, and we have a few Pittsburgh Penguins injury updates.
The Flyers also have a couple of big names on the injury report with not-so-good news.
My body is now in time/sleep revolt as I popped awake at 3 a.m. local time to write. A graphic on Sportsnet’s Canucks-Kraken broadcast on Thursday night struck me as funny. Guess which team holds the record for most games winless to start the season but still made the playoffs? The Pittsburgh Pirates.
The NHL’s 1927-28 Pirates were winless in 11 to begin the season and still made the playoffs. Here’s the Wikipedia page, including goalie Roy Worters and coach Odie Cleghorn for those interested.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: From Pittsburgh Penguins practice — there are only four reporters here, and PHN is one of them. Jason Zucker was absent. Teddy Blueger had a scheduled day off, and — he’s getting close — Jake Guentzel skated.
PHN+: More on WHAT the Penguins worked on and why. What Mike Sullivan had to say in a video meeting, Danton Heinen’s dad, and Drake Caggiula’s passport: the Penguins practice notebook.
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- Larry Okunjobi, Levi Wallace — the Steelers injury updates.
- Counterpoint: Yes, firing OC Matt Canada will help Kenny Pickett and the Steelers.
- Last season, the Eagles stunk with a simplistic offense and rookie QB. Can they be the turnaround blueprint for the Steelers?
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
- A preliminary list of who could make their MLB debut in 2023 — Pirates prospects watch.
- Silver Slugger finalist, Mr. Brian Reynolds.
NHL Trade, News & National Hockey Now:
Boston Hockey Now: Jack Studnicka to the Vancouver Canucks for a pair of prospects. The full deets on the Bruins trade.
Also–Brad Marchand was cleared to play ahead of schedule, and he scored a pair as the Boston Bruins beat Detroit.
Philly Hockey Now: 2016 Islanders first-rounder Kieffer Bellows hit the waiver wire, and he’ll stay in the Metro. He’ll get a (better) chance with the Philadelphia Flyers.
It seems Islanders’ prospects have been getting better chances elsewhere in recent years.
There are grim injury updates in Philly. Sean Couturier suffered a setback in his back surgery rehab, and Cam Atkinson is not skating, either. You may not like the Flyers, but those guys are warriors of the highest caliber. Here’s the latest– Philadelphia Flyers injuries.
Sportsnet: And another injury setback from a big-name player. Tantalizing trade bait defenseman Jakob Chychrun is now out longer term.
Stay upbeat. That’s what the Arizona Coyotes are saying as they prepare for home games at the 5,000-seat Mullet Arena. Here’s a complete look inside and the glass-half-full takes.
The Coyotes are still negotiating with Tempe, AZ, for a $2 Billion arena district.
Wanna know a poorly kept secret? There’s a tidal-wave recession coming. Governments are not going to commit public money to hotels and arenas. I also fear another recession on the heels of the COVID economic gut punch will break many people and businesses. But that’s a topic for another day.
Washington Hockey Now: The Dallas Stars deflated the Washington Capitals.
Dallas Hockey Now: Wow, the Washington Capitals were deflated and shut out by rising goalie star Jake Oettinger and the Dallas Stars.
Vegas Hockey Now: Players are getting healthy. Too many bodies and not enough locker stalls. Roster moves are coming for the Vegas Golden Knights.
And lastly …
Calgary Hockey Now: You saw it on Tuesday. The Flames are really, really good. That team doesn’t have a weakness. After an offseason of upheaval and change, questions are being answered by the Calgary Flames.