The Pittsburgh Penguins are tied up for this summer, but there are some big fish in the pond to keep eyes on for next summer. The most troubled union in professional sports might have more trouble brewing. Vladimir Tarasenko has been spoken for. Logan Cooley reversed course and will play in the NHL this coming season. And the great NHL trade rumor remains unresolved but is anyone even close to acquiring Erik Karlsson?
Before we get to the meat and potatoes, how did I miss Suits on the USA network? Now that it’s on Netflix, I rolled through all nine seasons (I found the ninth on Amazon) in the last few weeks. Shockingly good, though some of Gabriel Macht’s suits were far too angular. In some episodes, he looked more like David Bryne.
It’s the same as it ever was.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins no longer have the cash to sign a big-name free agent, but a handful of names could make headlines next summer. The Penguins free agent watch.
Daily Faceoff: The NHL trade chatter that won’t die. At this point, they’re like a John Carpenter villain. Frank Seravalli reports that no one has come close to acquiring Erik Karlsson, and San Jose is content to wait.
San Jose Hockey Now: Beat writer extraordinaire Sheng Peng has the opposite view. The San Jose Sharks are getting a rude awakening on the value of Erik Karlsson.
Sheng is one of the workhorses of the Hockey Now network. He’s been with us since the beginning and is usually on the mark.
Training camp Day 1. Analyst Nick Farabaugh dishes his takeaways, from Kenny Pickett’s arm strength to Joey Porter Jr. The important stuff from Steelers training camp.
Introducing the news and the most awesome podcast. Alan Saunders and Zachary Smith, the Afternoon Drive.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
PIRATES TRADE! Carlos Santana is headed to Milwaukee. The Pirates get 18-year-old SS Jhonny Severino. Danny Demelio explains — what did the Pittsburgh Pirates get?
Also happy to tell you how well Danny has been doing. He’s earned himself a little promotion within our company. News coming…
NHL News & National Hockey Now:
Sportent: Vladimir Tarasenko, meet the Ottawa Senators. Tarasenko signed a one-year deal with the Senators.
TSN: A former NHLPA employee alleges fraud at the union and wants the books to be opened up.
Arizona Republic: Hello, Logan Cooley. Thursday morning, there were rumors it could happen. Thursday evening, it did. Cooley is turning pro.
Also regarding the Arizona Coyotes, there’s an Instagram account attributing some hefty quotes ripping the Coyotes to goalie Karel Vejmelka. However, I cannot find the quotes in any legitimate media outlet. Also, to Instagram pirates, for gosh sake, attribute the source.
Boston Hockey Now: Jimmy Murphy is having a week. After Bruce Cassidy dropped by the podcast, Murph had Mark Recchi on the show. Get the latest Murphy’s Law podcast.
Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers are still wheeling and dealing on the NHL trade market, but Chuck Bausman writes that Owen Tippett should be untouchable. The latest from the Philadelphia Flyers.
Who wants to saddle up and join me on my next ride?