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Dan’s Daily: Those Damned Islanders, NHL Trade Rumors Grow



Pittsburgh Penguins lines, Zach Aston-Reese

The Pittsburgh Penguins outplayed the New York Islanders, but the Islanders won. The Boston Bruins had a series lead and seeming control of the series. But the Bruins got fined, angry, and the Islanders won. The team that traffics in less exciting hockey entered the NHL Final Four on Wednesday night, and Boston limped to their demise. How would the Penguins fare against the final four teams? And the NHL trade rumors, as well as big-time coaching rumors, are growing as more teams settle into their short summer with needs.

A tough crowd, I tell ya.

After a significant amount of comments, replies, and messages, I thought I understood where you were with the Penguins future. Then the silent majority showed up—over 50 comments on the following story. I’d say the fanbase is split.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Penguins Fans, I Get it, You’re Tired But One More Time? 

We also broke down how the Penguins would fare against the top teams–because that’s what the Penguins front office is doing, too. So, how many of the remaining teams could the Pittsburgh Penguins beat? Any? There were two that I circled.

There are still three National Hockey family members playing, though one more will bite the dust this week when the Colorado Avalanche-Vegas Golden Knights series concludes.

NHL trade chatter, free agency, coaches, and the National Hockey Now network

TSN: Let’s circle this one as one to watch. Penguins GM Ron Hextall already tapped his former teams, the Philadelphia Flyers and LA Kings, for players during his first two months on the job. TSN analyst Daren Dreger says the Kings are looking for top-six help on the NHL trade market. 

If only the Penguins had top-six wingers and a need for some change.

NYI: 13 minutes. That’s how long the New York Islanders held the Boston Bruins without a shot in the third period of the Islanders 6-2 series-clinching win.

Those damned Islanders are moving on to the final four…

Boston: The Bruins talking points. It’s not a happy scene in Boston…

Just wait. Boston has a long list of important UFAs, like Tuukka Rask, David Krejci and Taylor Hall. They’re going to be more drama than a junior-high lunch table.

NY Post: Our Vegas friends and New York friends may have Gerard Gallant as their head coach. Not sure if we told you– Rick Tocchet also got a couple of interviews. Here’s the latest update on the Rangers search.

ProHockeyRumors: This is a story to watch. There’s been a rumored deal in place for weeks, but not signed. There could be complications with assistant coaches the Carolina Hurricanes still haven’t locked their coach, Rod Brind’Amour. 

News & Observer: Things don’t look good in the NHL rumor mill for Dougie Hamilton’s Carolina future, either. 

Colorado: The Colorado Avalanche have lost three straight. They answered the bell but still lost in Game 5. They have one more chance to disprove they’re “pretty but not gritty.”

Philly: Oskar Lindblom is a Masterton Trophy finalist after overcoming his battle with cancer to return to the Philadelphia Flyers lineup. Stick tap!

Detroit: Hey, that must make Red Wings fans happy? Pavel Datsyuk picked up a couple of awards in the KHL.

San Jose: And…here’s an important primer for the offseason. The San Jose Sharks are most burdened by long, heavy contracts given to players who are not performing (ahem, Erik Karlsson, and a few more). So, how does a team get rid of those burdensome, loathsome, salary-cap-eating, roster soul-sucking contracts?

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1 year ago

Dan, when I saw your comments on the fan base and the direction of the team I knew it would light a fire. I think the Pens need major changes sooner than later. But the simple facts are this. Crosby is never going to be traded. Malkin is just not worth all that much any more on the trade market. I think the probable return would shock, in a major way, the fan base. So they might as well hang on to him for one more year. And make their move next summer. Letang is a movable piece but, like… Read more »

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

Mind if I share your dream?

1 year ago

I can’t wait for the Isles and Lightning. This will be New York’s toughest test yet but the Isles are so damn pesky and systematic. Will Tampa’s skill be too much to handle or will the Isles continue to capitalize on mistakes while Varlamov holds the fort?

Terry Olbrysh
Terry Olbrysh
1 year ago
Reply to  Nick

The Islanders are an over-achiever. They won’t be able to contain TB despite Barry Trotz’ tricks of having his players rip off opponents’ helmets. Terry Olbrysh

Brian Parbus
Brian Parbus
1 year ago
Reply to  Terry Olbrysh

Nobody believes those xamned Islanders are desrving of their place im the Final Four except them and their fans. They beat both the Pens and the B’s twice each on the road. They limited Sir Sidney to 2 points in six games. Tbe Bruina are a ine trjck pony. After tbe Perfection Line, McAvoy & Kreji, they got nuthin.. Tbe Islanders stalk you, harass you, force mistakes and eventually pound you into submission. Of course, the New York Saints have the officials in their pockets. Just ask Barry Trotz’s counterparts. Now, do I think they can do the same to… Read more »

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