We have a little bit of a lull with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hit their All-Star Break rest a day early. Of course, the National Hockey Now network broke some news with the Montreal Canadiens and the NHL trade market, and we extrapolated how the Canadiens and Penguins could be mutually beneficial trade partners. The Arizona Coyotes could shift the NHL trade winds because they let it know they will take on salary in exchange for futures. And the Washington Capitals used the mojo from beating the Penguins to beat up the Edmonton Oilers.
We’ll start with the fun stuff.
Washington Hockey Now: Garnett Hathaway flipped new Edmonton Oilers winger Evander Kane into the bench and flattened Connor McDavid at center ice. Watch the Washington Capitals handiwork.
Ilya Samsonov, who was spectacular against the Penguins on Tuesday, gave up three goals in five minutes. Washington rallied but lost to the Oilers, 5-3. The Penguins remain three ahead of Washington.
NHL Trade chatter, News & National Hockey Now:
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: We’ll get to the Montreal Canadiens, but here’s how the deteriorating situation and a trade request could benefit the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The taxi squad is supposed to end next week, and the Penguins sent four, including P.O. Joseph, back to the WBS Penguins.
Montreal: Things are U-G-L-Y in Montreal. The team is no-showing in lopsided losses. And defenseman Jeff Petry requested a trade from the Montreal Canadiens.
Boston: Jim Rutherford and new Canucks GM Patrik Allvin are beginning their roster work. Conor Garland is out there, and there is strong interest, but the Boston Bruins don’t like the price.
TSN: The Arizona Coyotes and their future 5000-seat arena are also on the NHL trade market. They’re telling teams they will take on salary in exchange for picks.
How often can one team be a bottom feeder, lose its arena, lose exorbitant amounts of money, and generally embarrass the league before the powers pull the plug? Have you ever seen a city kick out a professional sports team? Me neither.
NYI: I like what our fresh face, Stefen Rosner, is doing in New York. Some great conversation pieces–including did Lou Lamoriello screw up by keeping Kyle Palmieri over Jordan Eberle? New York Islanders debate.
Detroit: It looks like my press box neighbor on many nights, Pat Verbeek, is the next Anaheim Ducks GM: Detroit Red Wings news.
Colorado: What? A team that won 10-straight and 18-straight home games can’t go undefeated? Not even the Colorado Avalanche.
Vegas: After getting snubbed, Jonathan Marchessault is in the All-Star Game and will represent the Vegas Golden Knights.
Lastly, let’s have a little fun with a Hockey Now colleague… Hit him with the worst!
San Jose: Want to have a little fun with our buddy Sheng Peng? He’s doing an Ask Me Anything. Doesn’t have to be San Jose Sharks-related. Why is a side of nacho chips $12 in San Francisco? What is the most overrated eatery in San Fran, and why is it the House of Nanking? If Brent Burns shaved his beard, could he skate faster?
Just don’t tell on me, please and thanks.