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Dan’s Daily: Penguins Intrigue; Ovechkin Out of Gas

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It was not a blockbuster news day in the NHL, but black smoke was coming from the old basilicas of the Metro Division. The Pittsburgh Penguins retool is not underway, but something is afoot. Alex Ovechkin tacitly admitted he’s running out of steam to catch Wayne Gretzky’s goal record while the Washington Capitals GM said he would be hit the NHL trade block and free agency to find scoring help. The New Jersey Devils are looking for a bit more grit in their lineup, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs said goodbye to the New York Islanders and Winnipeg Jets.

It’s been an interesting couple of days covering the Penguins. People outside of Penguins president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas’s circle feel like something is going on.

Credit Rob Rossi of the Athletic for debunking the gak that coach Mike Sullivan was going to resign and take the Devils coaching job. I can confirm that Pittsburgh Hockey Now has multiple reporters with sources in the building doing some digging. Antennas have been raised, but what’s going to happen, if anything, is right now an unknown.

So, the report today is that there is no report. However, it was incredible to me that an outlet using a heritage magazine’s name ran with the rumor about Sullivan (Yes, we saw it, but it was just a musing, not a report as they made it seem). Then, they rewrote Rossi’s report, essentially stealing the content while crediting the source of the theft. You just don’t rewrite your colleague’s scoop without being able to confirm, add to, or subtract from it. In an industry cannibalizing itself, that’s basic professionalism.

It also irks me that we’ve spent so much time, effort, and money building something good across the league, and others try to take obvious shortcuts. That’s the same outfit that was/is(?) using AI writers.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins signed a Swedish goalie, and there was some buzz about what it meant for Alex Nedeljkovic. So, laid out the scenario and looked at fan reaction to the Penguins’ new, but somewhat expensive, streaming option. The Penguins news and reaction.

Why should the Penguins try? Look at how good the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche have become. Look at the patiently structured Boston Bruins. The Penguins have no chance so pack it in, right? So, why should the Penguins even bother?

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: A worthy adversary. T.J. Oshie has been so good against the Penguins for so long that I think even Penguins fans tip their caps. He played the game the right way, but he might be forced to retire despite his desire to keep going. Here’s the story of the Penguins’ nemesis.

NHL.com: It was a bittersweet day in Washington on Tuesday—breakup day. Alex Ovechkin seemed to admit he’s running out of steam and may not catch Wayne Gretzky’s goal record. He was pointless in the playoffs. Oshie possibly said goodbye, but the Capitals had a great season. The thing to watch is that GM Brian McClellan said the Capitals are on the hunt for talent and scoring.

Sportsnet: Wow. No Auston Matthews. Down 3-1 in the series to Boston. It was a character test, and the Toronto Maple Leafs passed, winning in OT.

Colorado Hockey Now: Goodbye, Winnipeg Jets. Alexandar Georgiev silenced the haters, and the juggernaut is rolling. Colleague Evan Rawal takes us inside the locker room—hello, Colorado Avalanche.

Nashville Hockey Now: Whew. Facing elimination, a big third period goal kept the Nashville Predators‘ season alive.

NYI Hockey Now: They rallied hard to make the playoffs, but as Andrew Fantucchio notes, they faceplanted in the end. How’s this for a New York headline: Islanders Fall on Their Face to End Season.

Detroit Hockey Now: It’s been a bad month for NHL coaches. Ten coaches have been fired this month. Oh, and Olli Maatta is headed to the Worlds. The Detroit Red Wings notebook.

New Jersey Hockey Now: Some NHL trade chatter and possibilities. Some grit in the lineup and some names to watch for the New Jersey Devils.