Speculation is already swirling around former and current Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general managers. Former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is conducting the Vancouver Canucks GM search, and speculation immediately turned toward Jason Botterill, the assistant GM with the Seattle Kraken. Still, other fingers are pointing to current Penguins AGM Patrik Allvin, too. Evander Kane was scoreless in his season debut in the AHL, Ben Bishop made one AHL start before waving the white flag on his comeback, and the Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the spunky Anaheim Ducks.
Is Jake DeBrusk the next Sam Bennett on the NHL trade block? That is an interesting question.
I heard some saying the Penguins game wasn’t exciting and was a bit boring. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the hockey.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: What did the Penguins do well, how did they contain Anaheim? Which Penguins lines were worthy of extra praise? You can watch the postgame wrap from PPG here.
PHN+: The full monty analysis. Pittsburgh Penguins chalkboard and player grades.
Evander Kane made his season debut, and the Penguins were one of six teams with a scout in attendance.
NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now
Calgary: Sam Bennett seemingly spent two years on the NHL trade block. When he finally got his wish, he busted out with the Florida Panthers. Steve Macfarland asks–is Jake DeBrusk the next Bennett?
Sportsnet: On HNIC, Elliotte Friedman dished the initial candidates for the Vancouver Canucks vacant GM gig. All eyes are on Seattle AGM Jason Botterill, who was the AGM under Rutherford with the Penguins. Friedman called current Penguins AGM Patrik Allvin a “dark horse candidate,” too.
Boston: The Penguins’ nearest pursuer in the wild-card race is the Boston Bruins. Boston lept into the second wild-card position with a resounding win Saturday night.
Dallas Morning News: A final tip of the cap to Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop. He surprised everyone by working for over a year to come back from serious knee surgery. However, after just one AHL start, Bishop called it off. Ben Bishop retired and will remain on LTIR.
That means the Dallas Stars will have just one goalie available on the NHL trade market instead of two.
TSN: The poor Buffalo Sabres. They tied the game against the New York Rangers on Friday night, but the goal was reviewed and waved off. The NHL says, oops, our bad and admits a mistake. The goal should have stood, but the Sabres lost.
Washington: Martin Fehervary took warmups and played on Saturday night after suffering an upper-body injury from a heavy hit by Brock McGinn against the Penguins on Friday night. However, Tom Wilson didn’t travel with the Capitals and is injured.
Montreal: Cole Caufield was lightning in a bottle (no pun intended) for the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Final run last summer. However, he’s slumping this season. Are the Canadiens failing another prospect–are they failing Caufield?
Last but not least:
San Jose: Fans were banging on the glass behind Sharks goalie James Reimer and wouldn’t stop. He tried to ignore them…then he credited them with helping in the Sharks win. Why? I’ll make you read it to find out, but it’s pretty cool what the Sharks fans noticed.