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.
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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?
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