The National Hockey League will lose BILLIONS, according to Commissioner Gary Bettman. The lack of fans not only removes ticket revenues, but it also takes away concessions, parking, and a myriad of other point-of-sale monies. NHL teams will be operating at a 50% loss just by dropping the puck. The Pittsburgh Penguins made their roster official on Monday, and in the Daily, we also have the NHL trade rumor roundup.
First, the Penguins. Their 23-player roster is set, including Kasperi Kapanen, eventually. Here are the demotions, the taxi squad, and the final roster (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
After the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp — whose stock is up and whose is DOWN? (PHN+)
The NHL is going to lose billions of dollars, but they felt it necessary to play, “It would be cheaper for us to shut the doors and not play,” Gary Bettman was candid and explained (Sportsnet)
One day after Centennial Bank’s lawsuit became public, Evander Kane filed for bankruptcy (San Jose Hockey Now)
The Dallas Stars will return to the ice today after several days of inactivity due to positive COVID tests (ESPN)
Corey Perry and Tyler Johnson are on waivers (NHL.com)
NHL Trade Rumors
Paul Byron’s name is now floating about as the Montreal Canadiens are up against the cap (Montreal Gazette)
Why are the kids running from Winnipeg? Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic have requested trades (Winnipeg Free Press)
The Boston Bruins have an interest in claiming offensive defenseman Oliver Kylington off waivers (Boston Hockey Now)
During the pandemic, I included Kylington and Calgary on the Matt Murray possibles. It just goes to show how the world has changed.
Also, Josh Ho-Sang cleared waivers (NYI Hockey Now)
Would someone please rescue that kid? The New York Islanders have essentially ground him up and spit him out. He’s not the same player he was, to his own detriment. He needs to go to the KHL or Swiss league, rediscover his offensive touch, then come back to the NHL.
The Ho-Sang saga is one of the worst examples of hockey culture’s demand for conformity that I’ve ever seen.