It’s a light day in the trade speculation market as the big guns save up the juiciest ammo for Saturday night TV. Perhaps someday, we’ll get the American audience glued to the TV for hockey on Saturday night. Until then, it’s a Canadian tradition we can only envy. Pierre LeBrun dropped more nuggets on Wayne Simmonds potential destinations. The asking price for Michael Ferland is out…and your first born may not get the deal done if it sticks. And the Pittsburgh Penguins figure to be players in a few of the names and a few which aren’t on the front burner of the hot stove.
Andre Burakovsky could be on the block. Also, the Washington Capitals don’t want no scrubs. No rental players hanging out of the passenger side. A rental is a guy who will get no love from Brian McClellan (NBC Sports Washington)
Ready or not, gambling is about to change hockey. Well, except for injury reporting. Gambling is about to alter how we watch the game. Check this out (Sportsnet)
Not sure I like it. I’d be happy if we could simply get U.S. fans to care about hockey before football season is over.
Could Tampa Bay land Wayne Simmonds? If they do, look out. Washington ground them up in Games 6 and 7 of the ECF. If TB adds muscle–yikes. Pierre LeBrun has more (The Athletic)
The Penguins beat the Anaheim Ducks. If you dozed off, fear not. Here are the nuts and bolts you want to know–for PHN Extra subscribers (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Also, Kris Letang was voted into the All-Star game (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Morgan Reilly was not, despite a video campaign (TSN)
And Randy Carlyle had a bit of a pop-off after the Penguins beat Anaheim last night. The loss was the Ducks 10th in a row, and Carlyle was asked about his job security. He didn’t like the question very much but he kept the scorn to a reasonable volume. Unfortunately, the team video doesn’t show it, so you have to read about it (The Athletic)
And Sergei Bobrovsky made nice with the Columbus Blue Jackets. It sounds like the big Friday meeting was more of a ring-kissing ceremony (Columbus Dispatch)