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Dan’s Daily: Calgary GM ‘Pissed Off,’ Will Rising Cap Protect Penguins?

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Pittsburgh Penguins NHL trade deadline, Evgeni Malkin, Kasperi Kapanen

The fallout from Matthew Tkachuk and his decision to put himself on the NHL trade block continued on Saturday, one day after the Florida Panthers coughed up to dynamic players, a prospect, and a first-round pick. Calgary Flames GM Brad Treveling may have won the deal, but he is “pissed off” about Calgary’s reputation. The Montreal Canadiens will also have a wild year in the NHL trade rumors. Pierre-Luc Dubois is already a hot topic. Now, add Jonathan Huberdeau to that mix. The Toronto Maple Leafs are likely on the trade market after recent signings, and will the rising salary cap take some of the risk out of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ decisions on Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang?

Hear me now, believe me later. The GMs are getting goofy again. NHL teams are signing players to put themselves over the salary cap, assuming they can make a trade. For the moment, that is true. Penguins GM Ron Hextall got a great return for John Marino. However, the “balance” is shifting, and a couple of teams will be caught without a chair when the music stops.

And a second thank you in three months. On Saturday, we smashed our all-time traffic record at Pittsburgh Hockey Now. We’re over 1.2 million this month and still chugging along. That’s 1.2 million for just hockey. I don’t think any other outlet in town is pulling those numbers, certainly not based on our research. Soooo, THANK YOU!! Pittsburgh Baseball Now is also setting records as it grows into a powerhouse on the Pirates beat.

In the words of Tom Petty… “Into the great wide open, a rebel without a clue.”

Pittsburgh Penguins / Pittsburgh Sports

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Dave Molinari and I disagree a bit, which is fun. He looks at the NHL salary cap and what it could be in four years — will that take the risk or the sting out of signing Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang? Pittsburgh Penguins analysis.

SteelersNow.com: I know NFL football and the Madden video games are intertwined. Perhaps the video games are more popular than the Sunday events that spawn the pixeled creations. The creators of Madden 23 surely don’t think much of the Steelers QB situation. The pigskin chuckers get a LOW rating. Pittsburgh Steelers news.

PIttsburghBaseballNow.com: John Perrotto explains the Pirates’ small investment into Daniel Vogelbach paid BIG dividends after the Pirates trade.

The Pirates also traded Michael Perez to the Mets for cash considerations, then beat the Marlins 1-0. Jose Quintana upped his MLB trade value just a bit. Pittsburgh Pirates news.

NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: Calgary Flames Brad Treviling is “pissed off” about what media and outside fans are saying about Calgary and the Calgary Flames after the Tkachuk trade.

Florida Hockey Now: Matthew Tkachuk admitted that Florida “pushed like hell” for the trade. Florida Panthers celebrating.

Calgary Hockey Now: The haul Treveling got after shopping around the NHL trade market was pretty, pretty, pretty good. Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Weegar. However, it wasn’t perfect. As Steve Macfarlane writes, it was a good return but didn’t fix the future. Both players are UFAs after his coming season. The trade only bought a little more time for the Calgary Flames.

So, expect a lot more NHL trade rumors out of Calgary…

Montreal Hockey Now: Yeah, those Calgary trade rumors, but Montreal is at the top of the list. Huberdeau already said he would someday like to play for the Canadiens. Cue the NHL trade chatter.

Sportsnet: Police have officially opened an investigation into the 2003 World Juniors sexual assault involving one-third of Team Canada.

Philly: Pittsburgh Penguins must be enjoying the summer of discontent in Philadelphia. Sam Carchidi added just a bit of salt into the Johnny Gaudreau wounds in Philadelphia. Yeah, Matthew Tkachuk would have been PERFECT for the Flyers, but they missed on him, too. Philadelphia Flyers criticism.

The Atheltic: Yep, a couple of signings, up against or over the salary cap. Time for Toronto to start trading?

Thanks again, everyone! Make sure to start checking out SteelersNow.com and PittsburghBaseballNow.com for your Steelers and Pirates news. Training Camp starts this week.

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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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Wasnt
20 days ago

Any chance of some coverage of 3ICE? Been jonesing for some hockey and catching these games on Saturdays are awesome. Weird rules but it’s amazing how these guys play at full 3 on 3 speed and then play another game same day and the goalies get worn out….pretty cool

Dean
Dean
20 days ago

Dave and Dan, I feel like the Pens are straddling the fence between winning now and the future. In bringing back Letang and Malkin they have forced a major rebuild in 3 or 4 years. If they are trying to win now, why are they holding on to the draft picks? Just as an example, could a Pettersson or Dumoulin and a 2nd round pick get someone like a Lawson Crouse? Personally, I would prefer Pettersson because Dumoulin will free up cap for next year, giving us a better chance for D Strome or Miller if he is a UFA.… Read more »

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
20 days ago
Reply to  Dean

Miller is unlikely to happen. The Penguins just don’t have the pieces to acquire another teams leading scorer. You saw what it took for Florida to get Tkachuk, for example. No way the penguins could match that price unless they sent back Guentzel, maybe.

Dean
Dean
20 days ago

Tkachuk is a 25-year-old unicorn/generational player. Miller is none of those. Just a bad comparison.

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
20 days ago
Reply to  Dean

Points-wise they were just about the same. Hypothetically, If it were reversed, would you trade Crosby for that package you suggested for Miller?

Miller,a 99 point scorer making less than 6 mil next season for 2 minor leaguers, an underachieving 3rd liner(also overpaid) and a lower first round pick? 🤣

Last edited 20 days ago by Robert Shoemaker
Dean
Dean
20 days ago

My point is that you can’t just look at points. There is more to a player than how many points they scored in 1 season. Miller only has 2 seasons where he averaged 1 pt per game. Miller is almost 30 years old and is not even close to a Tkachuk at 25 or a Sid at 30. He is a very good player that had a career year last year,

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
20 days ago
Reply to  Dean

Forget the Tkachuk comparison then. my point is that you are undervaluing Miller. He is still worth more to Vancouver than the package you proposed for him.

Dean
Dean
20 days ago

in your opinion.

Dean
Dean
20 days ago
Reply to  Dean

which your are entitled to

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
20 days ago
Reply to  Dean

Also, every article i have ever read has said that Vancouver is not interested in trading Miller unless its for the right price. So there is that too.

Also, your trade proposal has the pens bringing on more salary and they are already over the cap.

Look, I would like Miller on the Pens as much as anyone, but you have to give to get in a trade and the Penguins just don’t have that much to offer Vancouver that would actually improve their team if they send Miller out.

Last edited 20 days ago by Robert Shoemaker
Dean
Dean
20 days ago

I believe Zucker will spend most or all of the year on LTIR, if he is not bought out. His age and the fact that it took him under 10 minutes to re-injury his core muscle after surgery and that he could not sit on the bench indicates that there is a very high probability that he won’t make it out of camp. The package I suggested is equal to 4 first-round picks, the oldest being 26, and cap space for Vancouver. If he re-signs, throw in a conditional 1st or 2nd in 2024, and we make the finals in… Read more »

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
20 days ago
Reply to  Dean

*3 first round busts

Dan has indicated that Zucker is healthy now, so you are basing this on a future injury that may or may not happen.

Paul
Paul
20 days ago

Where is the Riverhounds coverage?! Best da*n team in the Burgh!

Frank
Frank
20 days ago

Florida fans should be happy with the Tkachuk trade. He is a great blend of talent, physicality, and walks the line between being irritating and being a jerk. Were he here the fans would love him. He should be a meaningful piece of Florida’s attempt to put together a Cup winner. The operative word being “should.” But, not only with this trade, but all roster additions whether by draft or trade or UFA need to play out on the ice. There always seem to be multiple Cup threats in the summer, but it always ends up with only one by… Read more »

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