The Nazem Kadri signing became official on Friday but wait until you see the workflow chart of the trade conditions of the Sean Monahan-to-Montreal deal. The next center on the market is Paul Statsny, and Winnipeg is starting to wonder, will he stay or will he go? Team Canada reached the gold medal game of the World Juniors. Will the New York Islanders hit the NHL trade market after missing on Kadri and Dave Molinari looked at the tantalizing options for the Pittsburgh Penguins top-six.
And there is good news on Carl Hagelin, who suffered a potentially career-ending eye injury during practice late last season.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Bryan Rust. Rickard Rakell. Jake Guentzel… But what about the second-line LW? Head coach Mike Sullivan can put together some wicked combinations. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Steelers Now: Gunnzer Olszewksi caught my eye last weekend. The returner is showing the Steelers that he can catch the ball, too. He’s also tough–a good quality in a WR–and impressing everyone at Pittsburgh Steelers camp.
What to do with Devin Bush? His comments this week were the worst possible scenario; he sounded as if he didn’t care if he played for the Steelers. Will he start this season? Mike Tomlin says…TBD. Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now: This Endy Rodrigues fella is raking in the minors. Mike Burrows was impressive in Indy. Pittsburgh Pirates prospects.
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NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Montreal Hockey Now: I loved Marco D’Amico’s work on the Sean Monahan trade. The first-round pick that Montreal received comes with conditions. It could be a 2023 pick. It could be a 2024 or even 2025 first-rounder. The if-then-else conditions were maddening to follow, so Marco put them on a workflow chart. Check out this madness. Montreal Canadiens trade.
NYI Hockey Now: Nazem Kadri is a Calgary Flames center because, as Stefen Rosner writes, Lou Lamoriello wasn’t willing to pay the price to move salary. New York Islanders.
Calgary Hockey Now: Nazem Kadri is convinced he can help the Flames get to the promised land. He’s pretty confident after signing a seven-year, $49 million contract. Calgary Flames.
Washington Hockey Now: Whew! Carl Hagelin took the ice in an informal practice on Friday. There’s no official word, but that is a very good sign for Hagelin’s career. However, his return could put the Caps in a bind. It could force a Washington Capitals trade.
The Hockey News: The Washington Capitals made the list? The top three landing spots for P.K. Subban.
Florida Hockey Now: Take away the red strings from Charlie. The Matthew Tkachuk trade tree has started. Florida Panthers.