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Dan’s Daily: Rangers Rumors; Guentzel Won’t Sign; Penguins Hard Place

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NHL trade talk,Pittsburgh Penguins analysis, and Jake Guentzel news.

The NHL trade rumors and scuttlebutt are flying fast and furious, though they seem to come in waves, as the NHL does not like news interruptions during the Stanley Cup Final. Former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel appears to be headed for free agency without closing the door on the Carolina Hurricanes. The New York Rangers could shuffle the deck as they again fell short, to the delight of many hockey fans. The Florida Panthers have plenty of decisions once the Cup Final is over, and a conversation after the cameras were off helped us put more words to the Penguins’ continuing tenure of coach Mike Sullivan.

I’m sure I’ve complained about the lack of evening options in Pittsburgh, but seriously, when did this town become a sleepy Burrough that rolls up the sidewalks in the evening? The arts festival was closed up by 7 p.m., and the symphony stopped playing shortly afterward.

Besides the early bird special crowd, who goes out before 7? This city is in desperate need of a record store/coffee shop that’s open in the evenings. A pool hall. Or a museum that’s open past 5 p.m. (yes, the Warhol is open later on Fridays. What about the other six days?). However, I will give the city credit–the parks and parking lots were perfectly clean by Sunday afternoon following the collision of Kenny and Pride weekends.

But activity beyond a Pirates or Penguins game would be incredibly welcome.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: It was a conversation that happened after the WPXI cameras stopped rolling that started my wheels turning. We discussed coach Mike Sullivan, and in the process, a greater context than I previously realized emerged. It’s a perfect catch-22 for the Penguins bench.

Here’s part of WPXI’s Final Word, where we debated whether the Penguins need urgency or patience and my call for lawyers to do something good for the city regarding the Pirates. The debate was pretty good sports TV.

**I’m going to put out the Q&A call on X/Twitter today. I’m just starting the NHL draft work and digging deeper into free agency. You can send your submissions via the comments below or my X timeline.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Oh boy. Of all teams and players, it’s Tucpita Marcano who is facing baseball’s first lifetime ban since Pete Rose in 1989 for betting on baseball, and he did so as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

I’m guessing he didn’t bet them to win.

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now

The Athletic ($): Mitch Marner anti-trade talk. Management for the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers isn’t looking ahead to the offseason despite the mere days between the end of the coming Cup Final and free agency. Pierre LeBrun reports that Carolina’s efforts to re-sign Jake Guentzel didn’t work, and the player is going to test the UFA waters.

No, the Penguins are not a front-runner to sign him, but it does make me tilt my head that many fans get mad about the Penguins having so many players in their mid-30s but want to sign Guentzel to a contract that would pay him into his late 30s.

NY Post: The trade speculation is beginning on Broadway. Would the New York Rangers trade Jacob Trouba? Should they deal Kaapo Kakko? It was another so-close run for the Rangers, who will need some cap space to get goalie Igor Shesterkin under contract. So who goes?

Philly Hockey Now: Sources tell our Jon Bailey that there is internal optimism the Philly Flyers will get Travis Konecny’s name on a contract soon after July 1. But it must be a smart deal for the Flyers cap situation.

Sportsnet: After being eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers and having a roster with several aging veterans, the Dallas Stars face plenty of trade rumors and roster questions. What will come next for a team that has been a near-annual participant in the Western Conference Final but has no Stanley Cups to show for it?

NYI Hockey Now: Russell Macias is hard at work establishing himself in the Islanders media. Our newest beat writer put the pending unrestricted free agents under the microscope. Changes and re-signing. Who is worth the cost for the New York Islanders?

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Bryan
Bryan
11 days ago

For the Q&A: What are your thoughts on Dubas remaining both President of Hockey Ops and GM? Has he been/should he be looking for a GM?

Steve Wagner
Steve Wagner
11 days ago

Perhaps we should think more in terms of line identity than team identity for the bottom 6. A grinding line (like Simon-Bjukstad-Hornqvist), not fast but cycles down low to wear out defenseman, and a shut-down line (ZAR-Bleuger-Tanev) that can play against the other’s top line, giving Crosby a break. Other than Eller and Acciari, who could fill the other 4 slots (on roster, free agent, or via trade)?

Last edited 11 days ago by Steve Wagner
talisker66
talisker66
11 days ago

Is there a bad contract for bad contract trade to be made for Graves ($4.5 for 5 yrs.)?
Limiting to players aged 30 or less, some potential trades:
Jesperi Kotkaniemi ($4.8 for 6 yrs.) Carolina will need D-men if they don’t sign their UFAs
Josh Anderson ($5.5 for 3 yrs.) Montreal may need a sweetener,
Johnny Gaudreau ($9.75 for 5 yrs.) this would be contingent on also trading Riley Smith and a lot of hope that Johnny Hockey is worth it.

Cal
Cal
11 days ago
Reply to  talisker66

Id be all over Josh Anderson for Graves.

Aaron
Aaron
11 days ago

The Rangers lose and the rest of the hockey world wins.

T A
T A
11 days ago

Ah, the city, the fine balance of being run by woke sanctuary pride oriented folks and yet also being safe to be open for late night business. It’s a ‘safe space’ alright, but they changed the definition of that too.