The Vegas Golden Knights playoff hopes suffered a sucker punch by the Vancouver Canucks. The NHLPA and agents had their first in-person meetings in more than two years, and to no surprise, the financial fallout of the Arizona Coyotes move to a little college rink was a hot button topic. Should Shea Weber be leading the Montreal Canadiens despite his career being over? The WBS Penguins playoff push got a boost. And the Pittsburgh Penguins received excellent news.
It’s shocking news if you watched Jason Zucker crash into the wall and yell in agony.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Jason Zucker was a full go, Brock McGinn joined practice in a non-contact sweater… Pittsburgh Penguins practice.
PHN+: Since Penguins fans know the Pens are going to lose in Round One, and since Pens fans know the worst will inevitably come true and predicting as much is akin to being right, which is more important than air or water in 2022, there isn’t much use writing about anything else. But we did anyway.
Yes, that injury seemed to scare and take the starch out of Zucker, too. It must have been a dark day or two, “that was probably the one thing I didn’t prepare for…” Jason Zucker speaks.
Make sure to follow our YouTube channel — Zucker spoke, as well as Big Jeff Carter, who cracked a few jokes, as usual. We’ll have a lot of Pittsburgh Penguins stuff in the playoffs, too:
NHL News & National Hockey Now:
Times Leader: The WBS Penguins beat the LV Phantoms, which greatly enhanced the WBS playoff hopes. Sam Poulin had a strong game, too. WBS Penguins.
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman is covering the agents and NHLPA meeting–the first in two years. Nothing earth-shattering just yet, but important stuff.
Vegas: It’s getting to be mission-critical in Las Vegas. They “were awful” against the Canucks and Vegas’s playoff hopes are suddenly in great peril. Vegas Golden Knights angst.
Montreal: It’s become a controversy in Montreal. The Montreal Gazette opined that Shea Weber should be more involved with the current Canadiens. Our Marco D’Amico fired back. No. Hell no. Leave Shea alone. But not quite in those words. Here’s the controversy. Montreal Canadiens debate.
MHN is fast becoming the premier English outlet in Quebec. We’ve never experienced anything like it. I thought PHN grew quickly, but they’re smashing my growth records, and we love it.
NY Post: The rise of Jack Hughes is again slowed. The center is out of the season with a knee injury.
Washington: The reeling Capitals gathered it together. Perhaps the team-only meeting helped. They beat the Lightning 4-3. Washington Capitals takeaways.
NYI: Noah Dobson hit the 40-point plateau. The young man is growing into his role with the New York Islanders.