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NHL trade, Pittsburgh Penguins, Evan Rodrigues

Backup goalie and 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs hero Anton Khudobin went unclaimed on Tuesday, meaning he’ll report to the Dallas Stars AHL team in Iowa City. It’s not unsurprising. It just means Dallas will eventually move him via the NHL trade market. The Pittsburgh Penguins cannot be stopped, certainly not by a shaky Montreal Canadiens team, as Evan Rodrigues has become a superhero.

And the soon-to-be couch-surfing Arizona Coyotes quietly dangled their biggest asset on the NHL trade block.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Watch the postgame wrap from PPG after the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

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PHN+: The Penguins have created a monster. It’s alive! Former journeyman, healthy scratch, 13th forward, Swiss Army knife Evan Rodrigues is busting out. 

“E-Rod” should have been given the assist on Dumoulin’s goal–four points.

Montreal: The other side of the Penguins win is the Montreal Canadiens loss.

NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: In 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman dropped the little bombshell that the Arizona Coyotes are quietly dangling young defenseman Jacob Chychrun on the NHL trade block. 

Elliotte also had more news on the Olympics. Look–they shouldn’t happen, at least for the NHL players. Sometimes, you have to swallow a bitter pill because your obligations lie elsewhere. The NHL players are looking at each other, and I bet wondering who will be the first to say, “I’m out.” –Sure, trust China. What’s the worst that could happen?

TSN: Here’s what the NHL insiders are saying about an NHL season pause (unlikely) and the NHL participation in the Olympics. 

Washington: “Skating by yourself sucks.” Nick Backstrom will soon return for the Washington Capitals.

Detroit: Robby Fabbri was once a hot prospect who had a playoff hero moment with the St. Louis Blues but then tore up his knee not once but twice. He’s got a new contract and is rebuilding his career with the Detroit Red Wings. 

Colorado: The Avalanche are getting on track, they beat the New York Rangers, but darkness my old friend, has come to talk with you again. COVID is popping up in the Avalanche, again. 

Vegas: Pete DeBoer had high praise for Max Pacioretty, who was superman in the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins. 

Vancouver: The Vancouver Canucks have won five-in-a-row. Bruce There It Is! The Canucks are red hot. 

Calgary: Bad, bad news. COVID is rising around the NHL, and it has taken nearly half of the Calgary Flames roster. 

It’s no coincidence that COVID is roaring again about 6-8 months after the initial vaccine wave. Scientific studies conclusively show our immune systems wane to between 45-56% immunity six months after the vaccine (and those same studies show vaccinated individuals still have a 5.5x greater immunity than unvax’d). So–get your booster before Christmas! Please and thanks. Trust me. Although, after COVID, the vertigo is fun, and the brain fog and fatigue are worth the price of admission. You get to take unexpected and sudden naps all the time. I can’t imagine how much fun it would have been with no immunity.

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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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Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago

I know you’re teasing to some extent, but others shouldnt be afraid to get vaxxed. Most people have nothing more than a sore arm for a few days like with flu shot. With booster, I had even less. Talk to your doctor if you have any fears. A few days of discomfort is far better than being placed on a ventilator. No, I’m not debating anyone.

No to NHL at the Olympics. I never liked them playing.

Pens are playing far better than I expected. Hope they can keep it going. Let’s go Pens!!!

phil polley
phil polley
8 months ago

Don’t need the lecture or the politics. hockey!!!!!

phil polley
phil polley
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

My beef is coming to my favorite hockey web site and seeing politics. Just because i don’t want to hear your opinion on covid doesn’t make me detached from reality. i have opinions on covid but you don’t know what they are because i haven’t posted them. keep up the great work Dan and merry Christmas. Hockey!!!! LGP!!!!

ThePenguin71
ThePenguin71
8 months ago
Reply to  phil polley

The problem is that COVID isn’t political. Certain former presidents and his party have made it political for their own gain, but the pandemic itself doesn’t care about politics, and we can’t pretend like the pandemic isn’t influencing the NHL.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago
Reply to  ThePenguin71

Lets ask the dead people and the people gasping for air in hospital beds begging to be vaxxed now who were implored by Biden and health officials to get vaxxed what they think.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

Probably had something to do with not following a guy who suggested using bleach to “cleanse the system” or shoving light probes into body cavities to kill the virus.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago

Great article, Dan! Especially the last paragraph.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago

A country can’t stop the spread when only 61% of the country is vaxxed. Since the hospitals around the country are filled up and nearing the breaking point again as they were in 2020, I’m guessing as a guy whose career revolves around hockey, Dan doesn’t want to see a break or a shutdown again. And I’m guessing his sense of humanity doesn’t like seeing people die needlessly – or he wouldnt have included that paragraph -when multiple vaccines are readily available that could limit the effects of covid.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

Umm…because 39% of the folks in this country have refused to get vaxxed and covid overwhelmingly loves unvaxxed people? The vaccine limits the damage covid does to VAXXED people. Kinda self-explanatory isn’t it?

Steve
Steve
8 months ago

Yea, very telling people are calling it ” political”.

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