The Pittsburgh Penguins training camp Day 3 had the second intrasquad scrimmage and we got a small look at the Penguins’ future, as well as reporting by the Athletic’s Josh Yohe which is also giving us a glimpse into the future. The East Division is looking tougher as the Buffalo Sabres could be a lot better than anyone anticipated six months ago, Matt Murray is a new dad, and the Florida Panthers will allow fans in the stands.
Let’s start with Penguins training camp. Here’s the live blog of the scrimmage and performance analysis, including many of the prospects we hoped to see. The Penguins future is getting a look (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Truthfully, I had at least one other story planned for yesterday afternoon or last evening, but the nonsense in our nation’s Capitol was so disgusting that I don’t think you wanted to read hockey any more than I wanted to write it. I hope there is swift justice.
We’ll have a few hockey stories today.
Speaking of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ future, Josh Yohe is to Jim Rutherford what Mike Francesca was to Bill Parcels. Josh has a special pipeline to the Penguins GM and we give him a stick tap. Yohe reports Rutherford is laying in wait for 2022 to splash cash via free agency (The Athletic)
Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel could form one of THE best lines in hockey. They have the talent. They hit the ice together for the first time on Wednesday (Sportsnet)
Sticking in the East, Zdeno Chara is pumped to be a Capital and play with Ovechkin (Sportsnet)
Tuukka Rask opened up about what happened with his family that caused him to leave the Toronto bubble and NHL postseason. He also addressed his future in Boston (Boston Hockey Now)
Former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray is finally getting settled in Ottawa. He’s also a new dad as his wife Christina gave birth on Saturday (Ottawa Sun)
Team Canada standout Bo Byram is ready to join the NHL…but he must quarantine before joining the Colorado Avalanche camp (Colorado Hockey Now)
The game of chicken on Long Island could help the Penguins and hurt the New York Islanders. Lou Lamoriello’s inaction means still no Mathew Barzal (NYI Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers will allow fans in the stands this season. Here’s the full story (Florida Hockey Now)
Insert the obvious jokes here.