Some new names are entering the Pittsburgh Penguins GM search, including a surprising name that would make history. Hockey Night in Canada reeled off the names with some additions and updates. The Penguins trade target was a left-handed defenseman before Jim Rutherford resigned, and the NHL trade market has a pair of players who have requested a deal.
You know the drill, we’ll start with the Penguins.
Team sources from the St. Louis Blues and Penguins confirmed to the Hockey Now family that the Penguins “were close” on St. Louis defenseman Vince Dunn before Jim Rutherford resigned (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Video: On Saturday night, Kris Letang was injured in the first period (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
P-O Joseph was a rocket on Saturday. He was nothing short of awesome (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The HNIC crew dropped plenty of new information about the Penguins GM search, including the potential of a female candidate who could be an AGM and the increasingly unlikely event that New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald will be permitted to speak to the Penguins (Sportsnet)
Also in the Headlines segment, the crew reported that Sam Bennett wants out of Calgary. I figured I’d set your tongues wagging with that. If Rutherford were the GM, I think that would be a nice fit for the Penguins. We’ll see what the new GM thinks.
Another player has asked out. Defenseman Victor Mete has been a healthy scratch in Montreal. He, too, wants to hit the NHL trade market (TSN)
Minnesota Wild forward Marco Rossi returned home to Austria to deal with lingering symptoms from COVID (The Athletic)
National Hockey Now
The NHL had to cancel the Vegas vs. San Jose series. Coaches for the NHL and AHL club are quarantined. Now what? (Vegas Hockey Now)
The Penguins divisional rival New York Islanders are on a losing streak. New York is “trying to get the joy back in their game.” (NYI Hockey Now)
Alex Ovechkin played the hero as the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins. Get the talking points here (Boston Hockey Now)
Colorado Avalanche hotshot young defenseman Bo Byram is going to stick around beyond his six-game tryout (Colorado Hockey Now)
Good news for the San Jose Sharks. Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns are finding their legs. Here’s the Sharks “winning play” (San Jose Hockey Now)