Things are getting interesting but also quiet on the NHL trade market. Over the last few days, the Philadelphia Flyers essentially gifted Jordan Weal to Arizona, and Tampa Bay essentially did the same for Chicago with defensemen Slater Koekkek. Otherwise, the steam in the trade pot isn’t yet whistling–which in this case means things are getting serious and GMs are protecting their intentions, even Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.
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The Anaheim Ducks have lost 11 in a row. They lead the league in man games lost. Their coach is not on the hot seat, according to GM Bob Murray (ESPN)
The Ducks looked good for 25 minutes against the Penguins. Keeping older players for one more run however is a bit silly. Just engrave Gibson on the Vezina now.
The trade market is flooded. Sportsnet goes through the list of players already on the market and what Ottawa may do with their UFAs (Sportsnet)
How do you beat the Tampa Bay Lightning? You grind them. Pound them. And keep it simple. The Islanders fourth line knew the secret and executed well (New York Post)
That is also the Achilles heel for Toronto. And this will be the Penguins opening. Ahem, Matt Cullen, Zach Aston-Reese and Riley Sheahan.
The Winnipeg Jets are being linked nationally to Wayne Simmonds. Locally, beat writers say the Jets want a second line center and left-handed defenseman (Winnipeg Sun).
The Carolina Hurricanes are intent on making a bigger mess of things. A team which is desperate for scoring will have traded Elias Lindholm in the summer and Michael Ferland by the deadline. Oof. Bruce Garrioch writes interest is picking up, big time (Ottawa Sun)
And more on Michael Ferland who is turning into the Belle of the Ball on the NHL trade market (News & Observer)
And…because I can’t stop laughing at the absurdity: Woman banned from Walmart for drinking wine from a Pringles can. Go ahead, unpack all of that (WPXI)