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Dan’s Daily: Old Fashioned Hockey Fights, Pens Lineup Decision



Pittsburgh Penguins Training Camp, Drew O'Connor

The NHL lowered the boom on former Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka, there was an old fashioned hockey fight, two actually, between a pair of heavyweights, there’s still a ruckus in Toronto after Mathew Tkachuk unintentionally-intentionally fell on goalie Jack Campbell, and the Pittsburgh Penguins could have another NHL debut Tuesday night in Boston.

Let’s start with the Penguins. Drew O’Connor or Sam Lafferty? With Evan Rodrigues out, both skated with the main squad, and O’Connor drew PP2 work. Might O’Connor make his NHL debut (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Boy howdy, Lafferty must have crawled in the doghouse if he’s not automatically the next man up. O’Connor has been a surprise since Day 1 of Camp. He hasn’t stood out, but nor has he looked out of place. I’m all for NHL debuts.

Head Coach Mike Sullivan did something he rarely does — he waxed philosophically about his job and how he does it. Shelly Anderson poked the question, and she got the story (PHN+)

Kiril Kaprizov is the sports betting favorite for the Calder Trophy. There’s a TON of rookies who could claim it this year (Spectors Hockey)

Matthew Tkachuk may have supplanted Patric Hornqvist as the biggest net-front agitator in the NHL, or it is close. I love gritty hockey. Here’s a fun read about Tkachuk and his side of the donnybrook which started when he planted two knees on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell (Sportsnet)

Don Cherry’s Rock ’em Sock ’em Hockey VHS tapes are long a thing of the past, but on Monday night, a pair of heavyweights squared up like old times. It was the third game in a row for Ottawa and Vancouver, and it was a 7-1 Vancouver blowout, but Ottawa’s Auston Watson had three scraps. (HockeyFIghts)

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Oh, Josh Ho-Sang. The New York Islanders loaned him to a Swedish team just a couple of weeks ago. Could they recall him? Everything on the table with Ho-Sang, say the Islanders (NYI Hockey Now)

This could directly impact the Pittsburgh Penguins. David Pastrnak is close to a return from injury. He skated again on Monday (Boston Hockey Now)

Brent Burns scored a “disgusting” goal and was dominant in San Jose’s win. Always let the Wookie win (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche traded Ian Cole for Greg Pateryn last week. Yesterday, the Avs put Pateryn on waivers (Colorado Hockey Now)

How would you like to be the Florida Panthers Travel Secretary? The first two series postponed by small COVID outbreaks were because of the Panthers’ opponents. Now, their schedule is changing, AGAIN (Florida Hockey Now)

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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1 year ago

The running around Watson did was what’s wrong, a lopsided score and a player whose role and paycheck require him to be relevant. Wasted calories and sadly harkening back to a different era What Pittsburgh lacks is utilitarian physicality. Watson et al bring very little , kinda like the sign on the yard advertising a protective alarm but no alarm was ever installed. Tkachuk, Matt Martin, Reaves, Maroon, Wilson Lucic a few years ago etc. There are more , a team needs players who are warriors to successfully navigate a series. Otherwise the opposition has a much easier path to… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Katz
Alan Smith
1 year ago

Pens wanted to get younger and rebuild! Seems like they have done that and kept up with four or five aged veterans! New goalies, quality trades playing well and call ups adding to both the injured defense and their up speed offense! They are still the best up tempo offense in the NHL and getting better every game!

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