Our boys in Boston were busy breaking news and in the wee hours of the morning making news. Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle isn’t necessarily featured on the NHL trade block but is instead being pushed aside. After the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, again, Jakub Voracek mixed it up in the corners with a couple of reporters, including one of our own.
Yep, the Flyers spanked the Penguins. Again. 5-2. Outscored 11-5 in two games (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Here’s the full analysis, report card, and what Bryan Rust thinks went wrong, and what Mike Sullivan thinks the Pittsburgh Penguins got right (PHN+)
After the game, Jakub Voracek barked at a local columnist whom he said wrote untruths. “You’re such a weasel” (TSN)
Our colleague Jimmy Murphy criticized Voracek for his response and got a healthy reply back from the Flyers winger:
What you think he was doing last year in the locker room?he didn’t even looked at me cause he knew I was gonna https://t.co/cTLvwE1uOH me I’d love to it face to face.that was our first interaction since! https://t.co/hiltNo77lz
— Jakub Voracek (@jachobe) January 16, 2021
I’m steadfastly opposed to criticizing athletes or sports media on a personal level. It’s a job, and athletes certainly have a strange relationship with media; they need us, but we need them more. I’ll never harangue an athlete unless they break the law or involve me. Voracek certainly got to pushback on Friday night.
Our boys in Boston did break some news on Friday. Keith Yandle, meet the NHL trade rumors. It sure sounds like if Yandle can’t be in Florida, he wants Boston (Boston Hockey Now)
Aleksander Barkov. Keith Yandle. Florida GM Bill Zito has a bit of work to avoid another full-scale rebuild in Florida, but it’s an unforced error to shove aside a defenseman THEN try to trade him at full price. Once you put the car up on blocks, you don’t get market value.
The Montreal Canadiens are one of the teams chasing the shiny object in NHL trade rumors: Pierre-Luc Dubois. It’s going to be a daily thing, now. However, for Montreal, there will be considerable risk (Sportsnet)
Matt Murray won his debut, and Ottawa stuck it to Toronto, which will rile up the blue and white faithful (Ottawa Sun)
A series of big games should be good for Murray. It will allow him to focus and be in a rhythm. Also, his defense doesn’t allow him to be blitzed like someone rang the dinner bell for wild dogs.
The NHL is getting record TV numbers. I guess the people who declared they wouldn’t watch because of political involvement, decals on helmets, and other offenses, tuned in after all. Go hockey! (NHL.com)