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Dan’s Daily: Leafs Trying to Unload Matt Murray, Hornqvist Officially Retires



Patric Hornqvist Pittsburgh Penguins

It wasn’t a great day for 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins heroes Wednesday. After a couple of Hockey Now outlets indirectly reported it was already decided, former Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist announced his retirement. Also, the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to unload goalie Matt Murray via the NHL trade market or a second buyout window. The Penguins will get a second buyout window as Drew O’Connor filed for arbitration, Dave Molinari looked at one Penguins prospect who wants to turn pro now instead of next year, and the list of remaining free agents is starting to look sparse.

Dave Molinari also set up the rest of the Penguins off-season. July 5 was a target date for president of hockey operations Kyle Dubas to begin the Penguins GM search.

And it’s Day 4 of the Penguins not acquiring Erik Karlsson, but there are lingering hopes and rumors.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: It’s the beginning of the GM search and Penguins notebook.

It will open a second buyout window — Drew O’Connor filed for arbitration.

PHN+: Tristan Broz gave Molinari a little scoop — the Penguins prospect is pushing to turn pro.

Steelers Now:

How good will Kenny Pickett be in 2023?

Steelers 90: How does big Nate Berbig fit into the Steelers’ roster?

Pittsburgh Baseball Now:

The Pirates lost Wednesday. Here’s the quickie Pirates recap.

Check out the latest Pirates prospect report.

?NHL Trade Talk, News, & National Hockey Now:

San Jose Hockey Now: The prize of the NHL trade rumors. So, the hold-up is that teams want the San Jose Sharks to eat more of Erik Karlsson’s contract?

Northstar Bets: Chris Johnston laid out the Toronto Maple Leafs off-season, including trying to unload Matt Murray or buy out his contract.

Florida Hockey Now: Patric Hornqvist has called it a day. The player who scored the Cup-winning goal in 2017 but was traded for Mike Matheson in 2020 announced his retirement.

Boston Hockey Now: Should the Bruins worry about an offer sheet to Jeremy Swayman?

Montreal Hockey Now: The summer edition — ranking those Canadiens prospects.

LA Hockey Now: Who are the five best LA Kings of all time?

Here’s what’s left on the NHL free-agent market. Read ’em and weep: