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Dan’s Daily: Canadiens Had Trade to Deal Petry, the Penguins Clunker

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The Pittsburgh Penguins never had their legs and were never in the game on Friday night as the burgeoning New York Rangers waxed them. We’ll take you inside the Penguins’ effort. The Eastern Conference is undergoing a playoff shift that could make for several incredible Round One matchups. The Montreal Canadiens had a deal in place involving Jeff Petry at the NHL trade deadline, but it fell through. And TSN dared to ask the unanswerable question about Toronto Maple Leafs fans.

We’ll start with the Penguins and their egg in New York. Some of John Gotti’s enemies had a better time on Mulberry St. than the Penguins had in MSG on Friday night.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Evgeni Malkin missed the game due to a non-Covid illness. And Jason Zucker began skating with the team on Friday morning. Pittsburgh Penguins news.

I’m just going to assume you don’t want or need the recap of the no-show loss. They stunk.

PHN+: We go inside the Penguins loss. Captain Sidney Crosby was blunt. Head coach Mike Sullivan was unvarnished and not a happy guy. The Penguins could have taken a big lead for second place and home ice in Round One. Instead, it was an unpleasant effort. Penguins report card and reaction.

Just check the NHL standings. The Tampa Bay Lightning are now a wild card, and if the playoffs started today, they would be in the Metro Division. Talk about a shark in the water.

NHL News & National Hockey Now

Montreal Hockey Now: Now, this is a bit of a bombshell. GM Kent Hughes admitted he thought he had a trade involving Jeff Petry at the NHL trade deadline, but it didn’t get to the finish line. An offseason deal sounds likely. Montreal Canadiens trade chatter.

I cannot say that news has Kris Letang implications, but the dots are there to be connected. We’ll do more poking around to confirm a few whispers about both. With Montreal Hockey Now doing so well, more Canadian sources are opening up. We’ve got quite a pipeline to a lot more info.  Jimmy Murphy and Marco D’Amico are mining it with a bucket loader.

TSN: Ok, here’s the eternal question that has no answer. If you have fun wasting time, is it wasted time? Where do all of the missing socks go? And, what will make Toronto Maple Leafs fans happy?

Vegas Hockey Now: The trade was voided. The NHL is pushing to change the No-Trade-Clause process (like easily accessible paperwork?). Still, as Owen Krepps writes, the nullified deal at the NHL trade deadline might be the best thing that happened to Evgenii Dadonov.

Sportsnet: For you fantasy hockey players coming down the stretch, hunting for players after the NHL trade deadline, Sportsnet says to check the Panthers’ depth.

Florida Hockey Now: Speaking of the sunshine state. Remember when Sam Reinhart was languishing in Buffalo? Reinhart and a handful of others are thriving with the Florida Panthers.

Detroit Hockey Now: The Red Wings visit Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon (Is 5 p.m. late afternoon or early evening). Rookies have been recalled, the flu bug is running rampant, and Tomas Greiss is injured. Detroit Red Wings wrap.

Colorado: Artturi Lehkonen is caught in red tape, wrapped tightly, around his immigration status. He was traded but still hasn’t arrived for the Colorado Avalanche.

Vancouver: Jim Rutherford is back from his 12-day COVID spell, and he’s calling it the biggest game of the year. It’s make or break for the Vancouver Canucks.

Shelly Anderson and I have Pittsburgh Penguins practice coverage today. That should be interesting, even for a spring Saturday.

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Fredrick
Fredrick
8 months ago

I’ll say it now. If we still can’t get Letang resigned. I wouldn’t mind dealing his rights to Montreal so we at least obtain something. Same goes for Rust and Malkin (to other teams of course). If Hex feels he can’t sign them, then why not get at least something back.

Fredrick
Fredrick
8 months ago
Reply to  Fredrick

I do believe at least 2 of the 3 will be resigned. I feel like Malkin may potentially be the easiest due to his comments earlier in the season. Letang worries me the most. I don’t think we would be able to sign Klingberg as his replacement. I could see us bringing in Petry, Manson, and Subban (two of the 3 to solidify the right side). Maybe even Myers from Van if they still want Marino. I do hope we are able to sign all 3 +Rakell. I hope Hex moves out some cap space this offseason to get the… Read more »

Kris
Kris
8 months ago
Reply to  Fredrick

Guy is an UNRESTRICTED Free Agent. What “Rights” are you trading for?

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
8 months ago
Reply to  Kris

You trade him after the season, but before his free agency begins. The other team then gets a chance to sign the player before every team in the league gets to try and sign them.

Paul
Paul
8 months ago

Like I said here a few weeks ago, there’s no better place for Letang and MAF to close out their careers than Montreal. The Canadiens are a lot closer to contender status than it appears now. Their biggest needs are on the back line and in goal. Acquire Letang and MAF and dump Petry, Price and Weber, and they’re a playoff team next season.

Last edited 8 months ago by Paul
Kris
Kris
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Sounds simple. here NHL team please take these two large contracts for players that may not and probably will not play again.

Oh and by the way with Letang in Montreal, who the hell is going to play all those minutes next year in Pittsburgh?

Pete
Pete
8 months ago

Based on what I saw I will predict Rangers in 4. They look young, fast, and hungry. Their pressure was suffocating. The Pens look old, slow, and tired. I hope Tuesday changes my ind.

Kris
Kris
8 months ago
Reply to  Pete

Based on what I saw it was an NHL regular season game. They are not much younger overall, were wasted 7 to 4 to the Devils a few nights earlier and are very suspect at team defense. So one bad game in March and that’s it, we are done. In the last five games for the Pens, Canes and Rags, the Pens have collected 7 total points, while the Canes and Rags 6. Doom and Gloom. But bet you’ll be at the parade as their “biggest” Fan. Let’s wait till the playoffs start before declaring then end to the world.

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
8 months ago

When the playoffs begin Pens may win a game or two but if it’s a long series they are toast again too old and not physical for a playoff run time to rebuild in the off season.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago

I see the gloom and doom crowd is making its appearance. Pens play 3 games in 4 days with the third being their worst and fans thinks it’s time to chuck the season I guess.

Mary Lurwick
Mary Lurwick
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

Yes and I think whatever non-Covid illness Geno has, everyone else had on this trip and they had to play ill. The baby Pens we’re in Canada and we couldn’t get enough bodies to play. PHN mentions Detroit having a flu bug going around, we just don’t hear our team use it as an excuse. It’s rare to see so many players that disconnected in the same game. LGP!

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago
Reply to  Mary Lurwick

Whenever they have a bad game fans leap to conclusions about the playoffs. It’s one of eighty-two games. They shut out the Rangers two weeks ago. Last night’s game will have no bearing on what they do in the playoffs. Good luck to the Baby Pens! Hopefully Geno is feeling better against the Wings tomorrow.

William Maloni
William Maloni
8 months ago

Slightly different angle/question.

We have seen these Pens “dud” performances before.

Who–on this team (ala Stargell, Mario, or Joe Greene)–has the hockey intellect–to demand a team change after first recognizing the evil developing??

One would think Sid does, but maybe not?

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago
Reply to  William Maloni

Every team has these dud performances throughout the season.

Keith T.
Keith T.
8 months ago

I think one would have to have his head in the sand if they do not realize that Letang will be shopping for a team and there will only be a handful of teams who will be willing to pony up the cash. I do not think the Penguins will be one of them. MTL will be salivating to land him and I suspect dealing off Petry and moving Webers contract off to AZ will enable the move for Letang to get 10M AAV & a 4-5 yr contract. Far too rich for the Penguins – people will throw crazy… Read more »