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Dan’s Daily: Matt Murray Traded, Evgeni Malkin & Penguins Walk Away

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PIttsburgh Penguins, Evgeni Malkin, NHL trade talk

In one day, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall cleared the deck of all outstanding issues. Evgeni Malkin will become a UFA, Rickard Rakell will stick around for six years, Kasperi Kapanen will get at least a one-year deal, Danton Heinen will not hang around, and formerly heralded prospect Alex Nylander will also get another crack with the Penguins. The Toronto Maple Leafs went goalie shopping at the NHL trade market and found Matt Murray on clearance, and several more recognizable RFAs did not get QOs.

First–he won’t acknowledge that he did a damned good job on Monday, but Dave Molinari delivered the scoop three times. From Kapanen getting a QO to Malkin becoming a UFA (despite plenty of reports to the contrary and some amended reports), and then was probably first on the Rakell story with correct details (he and Mike DeFabo of the PG were neck and neck at that finish line).

Dave’s response to my glowing praise last night? “I’m going to bed…”

He’s a joy to work with. Really. Better than advertised.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now:

**The Penguins dished qualifying offers to most of their RFAs, including Kasperi Kapanen. They didn’t offer Danton Heinen. Full story–Pittsburgh Penguins RFAs.

**Here’s the complete list of RFAs offered. From P.O Joseph to Alex Nylander (yes, Nylander will be sticking around). Penguins news.

**PHN+: Amidst the chaos, we chatted with 2020 fourth-round pick Lukas Svejkovsky. The kid has a chance. He’s bigger, “feisty,” and his vision impressed coaches. He could be a real find. Pittsburgh Penguins prospects.

**Here’s the biggie. I know reports were all over the map. Dave cut through it all. Talks broke down, and both sides walked away — introducing free agent Evgeni Malkin.

And finally, with the Malkin situation redefined, Hextall added more certainty to his lineup with a whopping six-year deal to Rickard Rakell.

Hextall may have plenty of trades coming in a few years, but for now, the Penguins puzzle is finally coming together, minus a 2C.

NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:

TSN: The last of the NHL goalies on the NHL trade market  — Matt Murray will get a chance to backstop another very good team. The Ottawa Senators dealt him, and draft picks to Toronto for “future considerations.”

Sportsnet: Here’s the complete list of RFAs who did not get a qualifying offer. A couple of fourth-line names intrigued me, including Brendan Lemieux. Full list.

Montreal Hockey Now: Canadiens rookie camp began. First overall pick Juraj Slavkovsky impressed. Embattled prospect Logan Mailloux was also present. Montreal Canadiens prospects.

Boston Hockey Now: The NHL rumor mill got one right — David Krejci is again talking about returning to the Boston Bruins.

NYI: After the Islanders acquired 22-year-old defenseman Alexander Romanov, his KHL team came calling with an offer. New York Islanders news.

Colorado Hockey Now: NHL trade rumor bombshell — Elliotte Friedman says Patrick Kane could be headed to the Colorado Avalanche.

We’ll have more from Penguins Development camp today. My cursed car ordeal took a neat twist on Monday as I flew to New York to pick up a car, only to leave empty-handed when the dealer discovered a problem during my flight up there. Don’t worry. They were really sorry. Perhaps my blistering accounting of their failure aided their sorrow. I don’t think I’m getting a Christmas card from them.

Life is an adventure. I got NYC pizza out of the deal and advanced the chances for New York Hockey Now (Rangers). Plan B wasn’t so bad.

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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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Jackmccrory
Jackmccrory
1 month ago

I like to know the thinking behind not offering a Heinen a contract and then Kapanen gets one. Heinen was reasonably productive last year. Kapanen did nothing. Agreed of these are both marginal players but this doesn’t make a whole lit of sense to me.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Jackmccrory

They both are arbitration eligible. Heinen had a career high in goals so its possible he would take them to arbitration and get awarded/rewarded for that with a salary the penguins possibly could not afford. Kapanen on the other hand had a slightly above league minimum QO and had (to be nice) a not so good year. So he will be on the team with a really low salary.

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

With the hope that his down year turns into Heinen’s 18+ goals next year at a lower price than Heinen.

Dan
Dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Jackmccrory

Guys…check the list of teams not offering contracts..Huge list growing every day…There will be another Heiden or two in there…

Steve Malik
Steve Malik
1 month ago

Seems 71 didn’t like the rules of the game and is taking his ball with him

David
David
1 month ago

So the Pens would not offer a fourth year, and Malkin demanded it? The issue was never said to be salary. I don’t understand why that ends a 17 year relationship. Give him the 4th year — by then Crosby will be done and the Pens will be rebuilding anyways.

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago
Reply to  David

According to Burkie, that is not true.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago
Reply to  David

He’s not worth it. Hex did good to stick to his terms.

talisker66
talisker66
1 month ago

Would love to see the Penguins as players for Kane (@50% retention by Hawks), maybe Zucker’s contract, a 2nd rounder and Poulin (or other prospect) for Kane

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

Malkin to the Caps. Its gonna be fun. Too bad they only come to Pgh once next year.
Whats the over under on games played by Malkin next year?
I’m pretty sure our FA 2C is going to be more productive.
We shall see.
Lets Go Pens!

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