The Florida Panthers aren’t crazy, are they? GM Dale Tallon is a sharp cookie who built the Chicago Blackhawks and has assembled a dynamic top-six in Florida with limited resources but the latest scuttle may make you question his sanity. Our competition got the scoop on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, Fillip Gustavsson was called up to the NHL, the Hurricanes keep winning and we’re getting closer to knowing what the Columbus Blue Jackets will do at the deadline.
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta reportedly has a separated shoulder. Stick tap to Josh Yohe for getting the scoop last night (The Athletic)
Good get by Josh.
Evgeni Malkin was suspended for one game–he got a bit lucky–here is the news story (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
And for some fun, here is the Twitter Reaction from the Pittsburgh Penguins fanbase and the league. Some people don’t have filters on Twitter! (PHN)
Jonathan Huberdeau is a legitimate scorer on a value contract. And Florida may give him up to land UFA-to-be Artemi Panarin? Elliotte Friedman told Vancouver 650 there could be fire behind the smoke (Nichols on Hockey)
The Columbus Blue Jackets might keep their rental players because their fan base and market really need a playoff victory–don’t lose sight of that fact. Mike Arace in the Columbus Dispatch does a great job of laying out the full Columbus situation with Bread and Bob (Columbus Dispatch)
The Winnipeg Jets sure like to kick tires. Now they’re checking on Mark Stone (TSN)
The Carolina Hurricanes are here. They aren’t going away. They’re still one point behind the Penguins. Those funny postgame celebrations and youthful energy are catching fire. The beat Ottawa last night. Here’s a different kind of wrap-up from a radio guy. Radio guys can write hockey? (WRAL Sports Fan)
The Buffalo Sabres are keeping pace, too. The good news, the Islanders lost. The bad news? Buffalo won. And Buffalo is doing it with playoff hockey (Buffalo News)
Filip Gustavsson will suit up for the Ottawa Senators. Not for long, but Craig Anderson is injured…by a tennis ball. (Sportsnet)
Women’s Hockey: Did you know there’s a cool three-game set between Team USA and Team Canada? Maybe I live under a rock (or 30 stories per week plus videos and Penguins games). But the Team USA won Game 1 (USA Hockey)