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Dan’s Daily: Avalanche Touch the Campbell, Another Coach Fired



Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche touch trophy

It should not be a dramatic moment, but perhaps that makes it fun. The Colorado Avalanche grabbed the Clarence Campbell trophy. They would not take no for an answer in Game 4, and try as they might, the Edmonton Oilers could not get a lead big enough. Not even later in the third period. Nazem Kadri had thumb surgery, but how long should he be out? Bruce Cassidy is out as the Boston Bruins coach. And did the Pittsburgh Penguins’ task of signing Rickard Rakell get just a little bit tougher?

Thrilling game. If there is hockey in heaven, it will look like Game 4…unless you’re from Edmonton. It didn’t take long in the third period for the folks I watched it with to be hollering and oohing and awwing.

To the WCF wrap-up, we go!

Colorado Hockey Now: Finally–Western Conference Champs. After a few years of bitter disappointment stemming from losses in Round Two, it was time. Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup Final bound.

Perhaps, Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon had a chat. Colorado touched the trophy, as you can see in the picture.

After the suspension-worthy hit by Evander Kane, Nazem Kadri was pronounced out for the rest of the WCF. Kadri had thumb surgery. Adrian Dater chatted with a hockey doctor about the Kadri surgery and recovery time–here’s the Doc’s prognosis. Nazem Kadri surgery.

Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL News & National Hockey Now

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Dave Molinari had an interesting thought. Rickard Rakell changed agents for his next contract. Will that make it tougher for the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Later this morning, I have a story I think you’ll be discussing. Our second wave lands at 10:30 a.m.

Montreal Hockey Now: Montreal is getting greedy. Former Habs forward and now TVA analyst Maxim Lapierre urged the Canadiens to go for it, big-time. Lapierre suggested going all-in to get the second-overall pick, too. Montreal Canadiens trade talk.

Boston: So, goodbye, Bruce Cassidy. In a bit of a surprise–though our Boston boys have been hinting that changes could be afoot–Cassidy was fired. Boston Bruins news.

Boston: I think our boys were ready. They already have three under-the-radar candidates for the next Boston Bruins head coach.

Sportsnet: The weekend NHL combine set up an unpredictable 2022 NHL Draft. It’s a new series for the Lightning and Rangers. Braden Point is out, but Ryan Strome is likely in for Game 4.

Vegas: After the tumult of trading Marc-Andre Fleury, all of the eggs were in Robin Lehner’s basket, but he struggled mightily in his first full season as the starter for the Vegas Golden Knights.

San Jose: Now this will make some news–Last summer, Brett Peterson (former Johnstown Chief) made news as the first black assistant GM. Could we get our first black GM? Sheng Peng writes it could be Mike Grier to the San Jose Sharks.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
24 days ago

just killing time until 10:30 rolls around…

24 days ago

Dan, I’m confused. Jack Johnson is going to be in the Stanley Cup Finals. I thought he was reason teams lost in the 1st round?????


24 days ago
Reply to  HarkeyPuck

I’ve been wanting someone to point this out. The irony for pens fans is just palpable. I was never really anti Jack Johnson and to see him going to the Stanley Cup just makes me very very happy for him. I hope they win it so the JJ memes can flow.

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
24 days ago
Reply to  James

Was never anti JJ. At times wish he were still here. He was put in many roles during his time here and got nothing but grief for it. I’m pulling for the Avs and Pens fan should take solace in we are still paying him to win the Cup.

Hatrick Pornqvist
Hatrick Pornqvist
24 days ago
Reply to  HarkeyPuck

I am sorry but this is just not possible. I was told by quite a few internet hockey experts that JJ was never going to play another game in the NHL after the Penguins bought him out. So this must be a mistake. It must be the singer Jack Johnson who is playing D for the Avalanche.

Ujn Hunter
23 days ago

All you JJ jokers must realize that the only reason he’s playing is because the Avs D is hurt. The Avalanche also have the highest scoring D core in the playoffs this year… even with JJ’s 0 points included.

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