The start to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2020-21 NHL will not be a great memory, or remembered at all, except for another sick Sidney Crosby goal. We have full coverage below. The NHL trade talk took an unexpected turn on Wednesday when Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella didn’t hide his star center’s unhappiness, and the TSN Insiders updated the Patrik Laine saga.
The Pittsburgh Penguins looked OK for two periods and then not so good in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Postgame story (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Here’s the highlight you want to see: Sidney Crosby picked Carter Hart’s pocket like he was walking down 5th Avenue:
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NHL Trade Talk:
John Tortorella was blunt, as he always is. “He wants out,” Torts said in a radio interview. Cue the trade rumors (Sportsnet)
Elliotte Friedman also reported in his 31 Thoughts column that teams are coming in hot and heavy (my words, not his) after Dubois.
Our old buddy Lyle Richardson, whom you know as Spector’s Hockey, went through the full situation and the full NHL trade rumor mill regarding Dubois (Featur’d)
The TSN Insiders updated the slooooowwwlly evolving Winnipeg Jets story. Patrik Laine wants out. Jack Roslovic won’t report because he wants a greater role and a new contract, or he wants out, too. (TSN)
Back to Hockey:
A Collection of East Division writers made their prediction on who wins the division, who will shine, and who won’t. My predictions included (Boston Hockey Now)
Are the Vegas Golden Knights actually an underdog in the West Division? (Vegas Hockey Now)
Scouts aren’t always right. Players can change. I enjoyed this story from Sheng Peng, who admittedly also buried San Jose Sharks prospect defenseman Nicolas Meloche, but the kid is suddenly turning heads. Lots of people are admitting they were wrong (San Jose Hockey Now)
The New York Islanders announced their roster, but they’re leaving a couple of talented youngsters hanging (NYI Hockey Now)
Comcast appears to be playing hardball with the Denver sports channel Altitude, which owns the Nuggets and Avalanche rights. Comcast subscribers have been without hockey or basketball for over a year. Is Comcast trying to strangle the channel so they can take over the rights? A judge says maybe (Colorado Hockey Now)
Just imagine if the Penguins games were gone for a year. Penguins fans would have firestick booths set up in the Strip District.