EDMONTON, Alberta — We’re off to Calgary shortly after finishing the Daily. It’s been a wild couple of days in the hockey world. The Edmonton Oilers humbled the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. The Penguins didn’t know whether to cry or wind their watch. J.T. Miller derisively or dismissively responded to Canucks fans who tossed their jerseys onto the ice. Carey Price seems to be a man fighting a reality he knows but doesn’t accept. And Phil Kessel tied the NHL ironman record, but his 400th goal was overturned.
Yeah, a wild 24 hours.
I want to thank the people of Edmonton. I’ve been here for three days and do not want to leave. New York and Las Vegas have always been on my shortlist of places to which I would gladly move. The Edmonton food scene is shockingly good (and affordable), and the people have gone out of their way to be helpful. It’s much like Pittsburgh (before rents doubled, and crime on the North Side spiked) but with a slightly different accent. I didn’t get out much, but I see why some players retire here despite the remote location.
I really connected with this place immediately. There were even dudes in jerseys and jean shorts despite the 35-degree weather. Just like home!
Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates (Sports Now Group)
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Edmonton Oilers turned it up, and the Penguins were in trouble. The five takeaways from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 6-3 loss.
PHN+ Video: What Sidney Crosby, Mike Sullivan, and Tristan Jarry had to say after the Penguins game.
It’s been a bad 24 hours for Pittsburgh sports fans, eh?
- The digestible and unfortunate truths — the aftermath. Steelers takeaways.
- Chase Claypool diagnosed the offensive troubles. Did he poke at Matt Canada in the process? Steelers locker room.
- What are the Steelers waiting for? Do they think they’re close to a Super Bowl? Yes, they should trade Chase Claypool for more help.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Update on the farmhands in the Arizona Fall League. The Pirates prospects watch.
NHL News & National Hockey Now:
TSN: Oh what a season to be covering the Vancouver Canucks. They lost — again — on Monday night and are winless in seven. J.T. Miller tersely dismissed those fans tossing their jerseys onto the ice, “If they want to throw their sh*t on the ice…”
If I were a GM, I’d be on the phone with Jim Rutherford daily. He’s going to get mad. The Canucks will make a “shakeup” trade. You might get Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson.
Montreal Hockey Now: It was a man unsettled with the future. The reality on one side. His heart on another. Carey Price has no plans to retire.
Vegas Hockey Now: His 400th goal was overturned, but he tied the NHL ironman record. Watch: Phil Kessel did it.
In classic Kessel fashion, he was completely apathetic about setting the record, “I guess I’m old now.” The Phil Kessel chat.
Washington Hockey Now: Those silly and fun pre-game soccer matches in the hallway. Watch: Oops, the Washington Capitals broke the fire alarm.
Oh, and the Capitals rallied to beat the Devils, too. Check it out. It’s all on Washington Hockey Now with beat writer Sammi Silber, a writer really making a name for herself with excellent coverage.
NYI Hockey Now: The Islanders kind of stink again. New coach. Lineup shuffling. Same results. Lane Lambert tried to defend his New York Islanders roster.
Boston Hockey Now: Scouts weigh in. Is Hampus Lindholm Don Sweeney’s best Bruins trade?