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Dan’s Daily: Sharks Push to Trade Kane, Penguins Improvements

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The NHL is going to walk a tightrope without a net. There will be an All-Star Game in Las Vegas, and then almost everyone will hop a plane to Beijing for the Winter Olympics. And yes, there are some worries. The San Jose Sharks are pushing Evander Kane on the NHL trade block and are willing to eat salary. We also looked at what the Pittsburgh Penguins did right and what they need to improve.

I don’t think San Jose will have any luck, but they’re going to try.

San Jose Hockey Now: NHL trade chatter went to the bay. Elliotte Freidman was the first to report the Sharks will eat salary (and lots of it) to move Evander Kane. 

As a previous defender of Kane, the allegations and actions over the past 12-24 months are too much. Some headaches are worth it. Kane is not–at least until he gets himself right.

Vegas Hockey Now: Good work by Owen Krepps–Comparing the Jack Eichel trade cost to past top-line center deals. 

To hockey…

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins played three different games on their three-game road trip. What the Penguins did well, and what needs to improve.

Vancouver: The Penguins Wednesday night opponent–the Vancouver Canucks are in a bad way. Fans are so disgusted there’s a shock factor. Rob Simpson described the scene in Vancouver ahead of the Penguins game. 

Sportsnet: Hockey Canada unveiled the new Team Canada sweaters for the para-Olympics and Olympic games. 

It’s been a rough few days for jerseys.

TSN: The TSN Insiders have the scoop on the Olympic travel plans, including a flight straight from Las Vegas after the All-Star game. And there are plenty of COVID worries.

COVID is back–the Delta variant is a real SOB. Gentle reminder–Get your boosters, or be trapped at home for 10-12 days.

NYI: COVID breakthroughs are mounting with the Islanders. Their “hellish” week continues.

Boston: The Boston Bruins are scuffling a bit, too. They’re “down” with the Penguins in the wild-card fight. Coach Bruce Cassidy is tweaking the blue line pairs trying to light a fire. 

Washington: With mounting injuries, the Capitals had to use Trevor van Riemsdyk at wing.

Montreal: Can the Canadiens stop getting crushed by their lack of penalty killing?

Colorado: Some howled the other night that Colorado was offside on a GWG. Well, it was offside–with the old rules. It was clean based on the new rules. Take a look. 

 

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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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Frank
Frank
3 days ago

Good luck to San Jose with their problem child. In most cases second chances should be there for those that bobble their first. But Kane is pure and simple a punk who unfortunately has been blessed with hockey talent that he chooses to squander on small minded selfish behavior. Count me out and yet another “get out of jail” card for him. There are tons of guys in the minors that have played by the rules, turn in an honest day of work, been solid teammates and citizens and cannot catch a break. Give those guys a chance and take… Read more »

Fredrick
Fredrick
3 days ago

I wouldn’t mind trying Kane for half salary. In that article they said San Jose may even include a draft pick. I read Kane started going to counseling maybe that is what he needed. I have a friend who is a sports psychologist and he use to tell me stories of how counseling changed a lot of his clients behaviors (works with football players). I could see him excel in a locker room with some good accepting personalities.

Alan Smith
Alan Smith
2 days ago

Love the new speed defensive play! Never seen it before! Makes passing tough for bigger teams! Never thought the big teams could pass!

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