Off-ice complications have dominated NHL news over the last 24 hours instead of on-ice heroics. The Pittsburgh Penguins settled the lawsuits brought against them by former minor league coach Jarrod Skalde and his wife, Erin Skalde. Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price opened up about his stay in the NHL treatment program due to substance abuse. And the Penguins had a pretty good comeback fall short on Tuesday night.
And Brayden McNabb crushed Brandon Tanev. I mean, crushed him.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins two-goal comeback forced OT and a shootout, but for the second-consecutive game, they lost.
PHN+: The postgame report card (apparently didn’t publish as I finished), so here it is–the morning after. The Penguins continue to struggle to make goalies uncomfortable, and they did little to take the smile off Marc-Andre Fleury’s face. The Penguins also got a few good performances too.
The organization settled the whistleblower and sexual assault lawsuits brought by the Skalde’s. Here are the statements and the info.
*10-Game Report Card: I didn’t realize it would become so controversial, but I suppose being honest in the opposite direction of fan sentiment does ruffle a few feathers. We dished the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-game report card, including the defensemen. Marcus Pettersson’s grade seems to have caused a stir, as did our marks for Kasperi Kapanen. Have a read.
NHL News & National Hockey Now
Montreal: Carey Price released a statement and discussed why he entered the NHL treatment program. Price is dealing with substance abuse.
Price’s Canadiens teammates applauded his courage for admitting his issues.
Sportsnet: Unfortunately, there’s another bad-news story brewing in Anaheim. GM Bob Murray has been placed on administrative leave pending the final results of an internal investigation.
Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights had a little expansion fight with the Seattle Kraken. Brayden McNabb meet Brandon Tanev. Ouch.
NYI: The New York Islanders keep getting salary cap gifts. They waived Leo Komarov in August, but now he’s reporting to the KHL.
Washington: Evgenii Kuznetsov teased or chided the media. The Washington Capitals are using him on the PK, “I don’t know why you guys think skilled guys can’t kill penalties.”
Florida: Sasha Barkov is now the Florida Panthers all-time leading goal scorer. That didn’t take long!
Detroit: The kids of the Detroit Red Wings are getting it. Some nights, they’re not so good, but others, they’re on fire. They really took it to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Colorado: Nathan MacKinnon is undergoing tests for a lower-body injury. For the Avalanche, that’s an “uh oh.”
Vancouver: I’m not sure if you’re following this, but the Chinese hockey team will compete in the Beijing Olympics. However, they may not have enough players or eligible players. Here’s the full story on the Chinese hockey team.
Knowing what we know about the IOC and their situational integrity, this one could blow up on them. And that’s all I got to say about that.