It does not seem the Pittsburgh Penguins will name a GM this weekend. However, the NHLPA is investigating candidate Kyle Dubas’s agent for a conflict of interest. There are a few more details on it. The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs might be showing a new way forward on signing goaltenders; as such, should the Penguins step away from considering a big contract for Tristan Jarry? A lot of teams wanted Matthew Tkachuk, and he willed Florida into the Stanley Cup final.
With any luck, I’ll get my first motorcycle ride today. I bring that up to remind you to take your eyes off your phone, give bikes just a little more room, and double-check before zipping through intersections. Hey, I’m a great-looking guy (not really), but I don’t think I’d be too pretty as a hood ornament.
I’m thinking lunch at Happy Cow BBQ in Tionesta or meatloaf and a beer at Lucky’s in Marienville. Wellsboro, with my favorite old hotel and little diner, will have to wait. I’m always on the lookout for cool little towns. So if you’ve got a little stop, I’d love to have them!
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Elliotte Friedman believes that Fenway Sports Group is enjoying the weekend at F1 Monaco and told Kyle Dubas to take the weekend to think about the job. More on the Penguins GM search.
There’s a new thinking in the NHL. It involves eschewing high-paid goalies for depth instead. Vegas, Carolina, and others found success that way. Should the Penguins follow suit and walk away from a big contract for Tristan Jarry?
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Get this: During a radio appearance at a car dealership Wednesday, someone stole Kenny Pickett‘s car!
Lots of blogs ran with the story. Alan Saunders and Nick Farabaugh got the full story by obtaining the court documents.
Should the Steelers go after released All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins?
And more awesomeness. Antonio Brown is getting NFL interest again.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
Another huge offensive outburst, this time in Altoona. Get the latest on the Pirates prospects.
Head to Pittsburgh Baseball Now for the Pirates postgame.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, News & National Hockey Now:
Florida Hockey Now: They are the battlecats. The Florida Panthers are battle-tested for the SCF.
Vegas Hockey Now: It might seem too early, but buyouts can begin in a few weeks. Some guy named Dan Kingerski writes that Vegas should sign Adin Hill and buy out or permanently LTIR Robin Lehner. Vegas Golden Knights analysis.
DFO: Matt Larkin says the Hurricanes should go after a star player on the NHL trade market, no matter the cost.
Philly Hockey Now: Haha. In a recent study and ranking of NHL arenas, the Philadelphia Flyers arena finished 29th.
Sportsnet: Here’s everything on the NHLPA investigation into Kyle Dubas and his agent, whose agency reps NHL players.
Chicago Hockey Now: Still basking in the afterglow of their lottery win, what Connor Bedard will bring, beyond the numbers, to the Chicago Blackhawks?
Detroit Hockey Now: Buyer beware. Steve Yzerman wanted him, but was then stuck with him. What happens next with goalie Alex Nedeljkovic? Detroit Red Wings offseason.