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Dan’s Daily: Coaching Carousel Hires; Kyle Dubas, Yes or No?



Pittsburgh Penguins GM search, Kyle Dubas

The hockey world gazed upon the Pittsburgh Penguins and Kyle Dubas Tuesday. Without a hockey game to distract and without other significant news to discuss, it was all about the Penguins. One report pointed toward the finish line and the next cast doubt on there being a finish line. The Nashville Predators fired Jon Hynes and quickly hired a new head coach. The Washington Capitals hired the guy everyone wanted. And the Toronto Maple Leafs appear ready to hire their new GM, less than two weeks after bouncing the aforementioned Dubas.

The NHL hates breaking news during the Stanley Cup Final, so teams basically had yesterday and today to make news. I wish I could tell you the Penguins will find a resolution today.

The Stanley Cup Final media availabilities begin this morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Living in two time zones for a month is finally starting to catch up with me, but I’m having so much fun chasing Dubas and chronicling the Golden Knights that it’s an easy choice to get moving when the alarm goes off at 4 a.m. I think the folks in Vegas are enjoying my style of coverage (based on the numbers). I hope so. I suppose I do this differently than most (or than I’m supposed to).

Stanley Cup Final:

Florida Hockey Now: Yes, Patric Hornqvist is a big part of the Florida Panthers’ run.

Vegas Hockey Now: Pete DeBoer was very classy in defeat. The former Vegas coach said if his team couldn’t win the Stanley Cup, there were a few guys in the Vegas Golden Knights room who deserve it.

Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates:

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Brian Burke is a pundit again, and he sure seemed to side with the Toronto Maple Leafs firing Kyle Dubas, calling the former GM’s attempt to negotiate a contract “a huge problem.” The Penguins news.

And, of course, the will he / won’t he, Ross-and-Rachel, back-and-forth Tuesday.

The big Penguins news I’ll be writing about shortly is the Dubas “situation.” (The time code on one Tweet is Pacific. The other Eastern. I don’t know why, but the Tweets were three hours apart, not six).

Here’s the funny thing readers and listeners don’t understand — both are 100% accurate. Each person reported exactly what he heard and was told. ALWAYS pay attention to the wording. In these situations, it matters greatly.


Then a couple of hours later…

Steelers Now:

Mark Robinson dominated. Analysis from another day of Steelers OTAs.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now:

A win and a save? The first save by David Bednar since April 29, and the Pittsburgh Pirates WIN, 2-1.

Temar Johnson is finding his way back after a stint on IL. Pirates prospects news.

PBN+: How much is too much for Carlos Santana?

NHL Trade Talk, Stanley Cup Final, & National Hockey Now:

TSN: It looks like things are done in Toronto. Late last night, TSN reported that Brad Treliving and the Toronto Maple Leafs are walking down the aisle and will say, “I do,” this morning. The Maple Leafs likely have a new GM.

Washington Hockey Now: Several teams wanted him, but Spencer Carbery is the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.

Nashville Hockey Now: I say hello, you say goodbye. Barry Trotz let John Hynes twist in the wind for weeks. Tuesday, Trotz pulled a double-switch. Hynes out, Andrew Brunette in. Nashville Predators news.

NHL Trade & UFA Chatter:

Sportsnet: If new GMs and coaches getting hired and fired aren’t your things, here you go: The 20 names already on the NHL trade boards for this summer.

Philly Hockey Now: After GM Daniel Briere indicated he would listen on Carter Hart (but had no interest in shopping him), our Chuck Bausman writes, NO, the Philadelphia Flyers can’t trade Hart.

Detroit Hockey Now: Cap space and desire. It’s a good combo for the NHL trade market and July 1. Steve Yzerman has both. The Detroit Red Wings could make a splash.

Boston Hockey Now: Who to sign, who will walk? The Bruins have a few important UFAs. Dmitry Orlov. Patrice Bergeron. And, the guy who could really help a lot of teams — Tyler Bertuzzi.