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Dan’s Daily Links: Interest for Flyers Simmonds, MacKinnon Barks at Coach



TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 27: Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) skates away from the net after Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) made a save in the first period of the NHL game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning on December 27, 2018 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

It was a light night in the NHL but Philadelphia is in for the slow, painful death of 1000 rumors. The most obvious Philadelphia Flyers trade chip is Wayne Simmonds. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says he isn’t looking for a fight, the Pittsburgh Penguins still managed to make news even on a travel day and Nova Scotia native Nathan MacKinnon seemed to have a good go at his coach.

First, the Penguins fourth line which has been one of the best in the league over the past month will have Garret Wilson back as Zach Aston-Reese was placed on IR (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Bob McKenzie weighed in on the Philadelphia Flyers possibility of trading stalwart winger Wayne Simmonds. Spoiler: Lots of folks like Simmonds (Nichols on Hockey)

Philly columnists have other ideas–Simmonds could be the key to getting Joel Quenneville? (

In a little bench tirade, Nathan MacKinnon looks like he let Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar really have it

Today is the day blogs and treasure hunters wait for–31 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman. More on Duchene and Ken Hitchcock ripped his Oilers (Sportsnet)

After an early bump, Hitch is having a rough time in Edmonton. Defense. Teams with good defensemen have an easier time. Edmonton? Has needed those defensemen for years.

The Hockey News looked at five teams who should be after Vladimir Tarasenko. Wow, St. Louis is the ugliest situation I’ve seen in a long time. 2005 Penguins? (The Hockey News)

And no, the Penguins don’t have the chips for that poker game unless they wanted to do something drastic…which they don’t.

We’re into CBA negotiating season. Gary Bettman insists he doesn’t like lockouts and isn’t looking for a fight. …so give him everything he wants  (The Score)

There isn’t much Dallas Stars coverage beyond The Athletic. So sad that a major market can’t afford beat writers. Since being given a good public beatdown by his team president, Tyler Seguin has been on fire (Defending Big D)

And the Chicago Blackhawks are turning things around but are still expected to be sellers at the trade deadline (NBC Sports)



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Derrick Stewart
3 years ago

Dan, the Avalanche video won’t go full screen (using Chrome/Windows).

Matt Luda
Matt Luda
3 years ago

The MacKinnon-Bednar battle wasn’t a little flare-up. It was a profanity-laced screaming match during a game in public. It also wasn’t the first time the two went at it, reportedly.

If I’m J.R. and the Avalanche continues to sink in the West, I let them know that he’s interested in MacKinnon and overwhelm them with an offer. The ‘Lanche need lots of help on the back line and in goal — Varlamov is a UFA after the season — and that’s where the Pens have depth in the organization.