2:04 p.m.: a Great conversation– Jim Colony of 93.7 the Fan talked to Bill Guerin about the Pens college pipeline. Jake Guentzel, Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, and Zach Aston-Reese are all products of the system.
12:28 p.m.: One day after Capitals GM Brian McClellan said the Capitals would consider minor moves but not a blockbuster, he held true to his word. The Capitals acquired Jakub Jerabek from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
12:15 p.m.: What are the Blue Jackets going to do? PHN isn’t sure they know yet, either. Things have gone sideways in Columbus, but there isn’t any Pinot to help (sorry, movie reference. –Dan K.)
Jackets have d-men Nutivaara and Kukan injured plus the potential of trading away Jack Johnson before Monday’s deadline…
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 21, 2018
11:56 a.m.: TSN says the Red Wings are “open for business”.
Team Canada beat Finland 1-0 to advance to the men’s hockey semifinals.
Our heart is still broken that Team USA was a dribbling puck or a post away from the same semifinals.
7:00 a.m.: Tonight, it is the U.S. versus Canada for the women’s hockey gold medal. It’s the third straight time the teams will meet in the gold medal game.
Last night, the U.S. men nearly upset the second-seed Czech Republic to advance to the medal round. The U.S. lost in a shootout, 3-2 (1-0).
Big names hit the trade market, yesterday. The Ottawa Senators appear willing to deal the NHL’s best defenseman, Erik Karlsson but according to TSN’s Daren Dreger, the Senators also want to package Bobby Ryan with Karlsson.
Ryan has an albatross type contract, $7.25 million AAV, which doesn’t expire until 2022. Karlsson will be an unrestricted free agent after next season. He has already declared he will maximize his salary, regardless of location. Senators GM Pierre Dorian may need multiple cell phones. The list of reportedly available Senators:
Side note–the Penguins were a single ping pong ball away from Bobby Ryan and not Sidney Crosby. Ryan was selected second overall in 2005. Anaheim’s consolation prize.
–The Seattle Krackens (no, that’s not the name yet, but it is on the short list of potentials) will begin their season ticket sales on March 1.
–Blast from the past: The Maple Leafs traded Eric Fehr to the San Jose Sharks for a seventh-round pick. Fehr was toiling in the AHL.