Always expect the unexpected surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team’s depleted lineup so thoroughly thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs that the blue and white are already diving into some soul searching. The Montreal Canadiens finally got some feel-good, Vitali Kravtsov is on the NHL trade block, but the New York Rangers have a big ask. The Seattle Kraken lost its home debut, and Matt Murray didn’t last long in his return.
I’m still marveling at the Penguins win, and that Drew O’Connor and Evan Rodrigues are the Penguins leading scorers.
PHN+: The Penguins report card, including pretty good grades for the Penguins cast of unheralded players who outclassed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-1.
Quick notes: The Penguins recalled Juuso Riikola on Saturday afternoon. Kris Letang will undergo additional tests to confirm his positive COVID tests.
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Sportsnet: The New York Rangers didn’t make friends with prospect Vitali Kravtsov. He bolted home to Russia despite personal pleas from head coach Gerard Gallant. Kravtsov wants to be traded, so Rangers GM Chris Drury put him on the NHL trade block, but the Rangers’ ask is top prospect value.
Some pretty good writing here from Luke Fox. The Toronto Maple Leafs are doing some soul searching after the Penguins 7-1 win.
Toronto: Scott Cullen has a few takeaways from the smackdown, too.
Montreal: Finally, finally. Mathieu Perrault played hat-trick hero, and the Canadiens gave Detroit a good lesson.
Detroit: From the other side, yikes. The Detroit Red Wings are an up-and-coming team. They can’t lose like that.
Washington: Keeping tabs on the Pittsburgh Penguins rivals–the Washington Capitals kept gaining points and gained another valuable point when they rallied against Calgary to force OT on Saturday.
Florida: The Florida Panthers gave the Penguins a boost in the Metro and took care of the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2.
CP: Ottawa Senators goalie Matt Murray didn’t make it through his season debut after he was kneed in the head, and the Rangers won 4-3.
TSN: U.S. Center for SafeSport, an investigative arm of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is investigating Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin in connection with the Jared Skalde lawsuit against the Penguins organization. The heart of the investigation is the allegation that Guerin told Skalde to keep quiet about the alleged sexual assault by WBS Penguins coach Clark Donatelli.
Skalde has filed a lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Penguins.