The hockey betting public does not believe Jarov Slafkovsky will be the Calder trophy winner. The bettors’ money is still on Seattle Kraken forward Shane Wright, who fell to fourth at the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal, then stared down the Montreal Canadiens draft table as Seatle selected him. The Vegas Golden Knights officially didn’t get anything for Marc-Andre Fleury, as a sad situation ended the career of the minor leaguer they received in return. And Pittsburgh Penguins president of hockey operations Brian Burke spoke with our Dave Molinari and made a few comments which filled headlines.
That’s why we employ the big guy! It was a good read that will continue at 10:30 a.m.
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Tear it down to the studs rebuilding wouldn’t be so bad if there was a payoff every few years, too. There’s just no good reason an MLB team is this consistently bad, yet MLB and the MLBPA seem to be feckless on this issue.
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Montreal Hockey Now: The early Calder odds do not favor the first overall pick. This could be a fun race between Shane Wright and Jarov Slafkovsky.
Vegas Hockey Now: VGK long ago lost the Marc-Andre Fleury trade, but it became official when COVID led to worsening health and retirement for the player the Vegas Golden Knights received.
Vancouver Hockey Now: the five most important — with a wild card — Vancouver Canucks this season.
Detroit Hockey Now: A Russian coach is ribbing Pavel Datsyuk to return. Mostly a joke. Mostly…for the former Detroit Red Wings captain.