The NHL sent a memo to all 32 teams on Monday, which proposed three changes to the NHL Draft lottery this season. While the dates have not been moved, the lottery system is likely to undergo changes that directly affect teams that just miss the playoffs, such as the Pittsburgh Penguins did last season and could do this season. And the Columbus Blue Jackets dispensed with any NHL trade rumors and went straight to admitting they are shopping.
*Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins did some housecleaning on Monday, but it was a bit more than ordinary shuffling. They put Colton Sceviour on waivers, as well as the normal Penguins taxi-squad shuffle.
I was a little surprised by Anthony Angello’s demotion. He’s been playing with truculence.
*We also looked at the Evgeni Malkin-Kasperi Kapanen, Evan Rodrigues, and the Penguins’ honest to God playoff situation without fluff or pessimism.
And, my body absolutely said enough on Monday afternoon. I took an unexpected three-hour comatose nap. It was pretty good, though I was late on the Sceviour news.
*Sportsnet: The NHL is proposing alterations to the NHL Draft lottery process. Teams sympathized with Detroit, which fell to No. 4 last season. The change that could affect the Pittsburgh Penguins is capping how many spots a team can move up. Here are the deets on the possible NHL Draft changes.
NHL Trade Talk…
*TSN: The Columbus Blue Jackets are straight-up admitting they’re on the NHL trade market for a center.
*The Athletic: Murat Ates looked at the NHL trade offerings to see what fits for the Winnipeg Jets
*The Athletic: We’ll give a little love to our buddy, Josh Yohe, too. He laid out his Penguins trade bait list.
National Hockey Now
*Colorado: After getting run over last week by San Jose Sharks rookie Joachim Blichfeld, who was suspended for two games, Nathan MacKinnon is back on the ice.
*Vegas: Not even the great Marc-Andre Fleury could help a Vegas flatline loss to Minnesota, 2-0.
*San Jose: get Sheng Peng’s running analysis. Kevin Labanc was benched, but San Jose beat St. Louis.
*Boston: You, Pittsburgh, will absolutely despise this take from Anthony Stewart on Sportsnet radio. I mean blood boiling, gnashing teeth, throwing your laptop out the window, hate it, but…there’s a lot of truth to it: Bruins forward Trent Frederic bears some blame for what happened between Tom Wilson and Brandon Carlo.
*Philly: The Flyers missed a few assignments, and the Washington Capitals won.