It is Day 14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Erik Karlsson NHL trade watch. Penguins president of hockey operations Kyle Dubas pushed hard on July 1 to get the deal done, but two weeks later, the hockey world is wondering when one of the several teams involved in the impasse will budge. Dave Molinari took a hard look at the downside of the Penguins’ prospective deal for Ek65. Also in the Daily, Tristan Jarry addressed the media. Cap hell in Toronto could cost at least one, if not two, star players. And Alex Galchenyuk was arrested in Arizona, leading to the termination of his contract.
Greetings from my favorite little hotel nestled in the shadow of the PA Grand Canyon in the quaint town of Wellsboro, PA. Whenever I need to scream at the infinite abyss (not scream into it), this is my motorcycle trip of choice. The Penn-Wells Hotel just makes me happy as I picture the socialites of the 1920s arriving in this little town by rail and gathering by the massive fireplace at this Victorian hotel. Some people spend big money on vacations. I spend $200 on a couple of nights, and I’m abnormally happy for the breakfast in the ballroom and eating a gravy-covered roast beef sandwich and mashed potatoes for lunch at the little chrome diner across the street.
Near Warren, PA, turn left toward the Kinzou Dam onto Rt. 59 and enjoy. I haven’t decided whether to go rafting this afternoon or ride up to the Finger Lakes wineries. But I’ll have my laptop in my LA Kings backpack (Hey, it was free) and be ready to write.
Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates:
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Tristan Jarry addressed the media on Thursday, and I’m surprised I didn’t see more reaction. Or skepticism. Here’s the full story, “I’m 100% healthy,” said the Penguins goalie.
Dave Molinari took a bite of the Erik Karlsson apple, too. There is a real downside to a Penguins trade.
After Quennin Williams’s new contract, it looks like the Steelers got a steal with Cam Heyward.
Some really good pre-camp analysis here — The best and worst traits of Kenny Pickett.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
John Perrotto hands out the first-half awards. We’ll call them the JPs? Here are John’s Pittsburgh Pirates awards.
And there are a couple of standouts at Double-A Altoona. The latest Pirates Prospects watch.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Philly Hockey Now: Daniel Briere discussed Matvei Michkov and put a timeline on the Philadelphia Flyers rebuild.
TSN: Patrick Kane, who underwent hip resurfacing surgery on June 1, won’t sign before the 2023-24 NHL season, according to his agent Pat Brisson.
Also from our neighbors to the north, Matt Dumba took a step backward and has not developed into the player everyone expected. Now, he’s feeling the contract squeeze.
Sportsnet: Uncertainty. Auston Matthews and Michael Nylander need new contracts before next summer. That’s going to be a lot of money. Mitch Marner opened up about the uncertainty.
ABC15: Alex Galchenyuk was arrested on multiple charges, including for private property hit and run, and the Coyotes voided his new contract.
New Jersey Hockey Now: Two young blue-liners could earn spots next season, but coach Lindy Ruff might have an issue with two newbies in the lineup at the same time. You can’t get too young too fast? The New Jersey Devils‘ dilemma.
Boston Hockey Now: Milan Lucic is back in Boston and admitted he might tear up during the Boston Bruins opener.
Who says you can’t go home again?
NHL.com: The Islanders want Zach Parise to return.
I’m not sure I have the words — Remember six-year-old Ben Stelter, the Oilers super fan who passed away last August? Now Ben’s father has cancer, too.