What would the big names on the NHL trade market bring to a new team? We examined the backup goalies on the market who could be available to the Penguins. The Vancouver Canucks and Jim Rutherford made history with their AGM hire. Alex Ovechkin bent Robin Lehner’s helmet with a shot, and I know many of you take particular glee in the Philadelphia Flyers’ failures.
The Flyers tied a franchise record for losing. The GM Chuck Fletcher will speak tomorrow, but the new Flyers president has remained silent. It’s getting even testier in Philly.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Loius Domingue could be out for a significant amount of time, and the Penguins need to get Casey DeSmith’s game right or upgrade the position. Who are the four backup goalies the Penguins could snipe from the NHL trade block?
Teddy Blueger is the latest Penguins to suffer a serious injury. That hit from Brenden Dillen was indeed injurious, and Blueger had surgery to repair a fractured jaw.
Kris Letang has played 900 games. How many more for the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Team Canada and the Athletes of Russia team were announced. A couple more former Penguins will play in the Olympics, including your favorite, Sergei Plotnikov. Eric Fehr did not make the final Team Canada cut. Get the complete list of Penguins in the Winter Olympics.
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Philly: Look out below! Keith Yandle tied the ironman record, but the Flyers lost their 12th straight game, tying a Philadelphia Flyers record.
Sportsnet: Claude Giroux, Jake DeBrusk, and Tomas Hertl are NHL trade candidates–what do the top players bring to a new team?
Vancouver: Jim Rutherford hasn’t yet hired a GM, but he helped the Canucks make history on Monday when Rutherford hired Émilie Castonguay as the Vancouver Canucks AGM.
Montreal: Carey Price has more than a few years left on his contract but hasn’t yet played this season as he recovers from injury and addiction. Perhaps the best goalie in the game, what is Carey Price’s future with the Montreal Canadiens?
San Jose: The young Sharks are surprisingly in a playoff spot. Perhaps not even they expected that, but the second half can separate good teams from pretenders. There are three reasons for concern and three reasons for optimism around the San Jose Sharks.
Vegas: After Alex Ovechkin blasted a shot off Robin Lehner’s lid, Lehner had to wear an old mask for the rest of the game, “It was probably the hardest shot I have ever taken to the head.” However, Vegas and Lehner shut out the Capitals. Lehner detailed the scary and somewhat impressive moment from the Vegas Golden Knights side.
Washington: Despite Ovechkin bending Lehner’s mask, Washington couldn’t score. The Golden Knights did the Penguins a little favor, too. The Washington Capitals are slumping.
NYI: Josh Ho-Sang leads the former Islanders contingent to the Winter Olympics. I never thought New York treated him well. Here’s the list of Olympians who are former New York Islanders.
Just in case you missed it–Netflix dropped new episodes of Afterlife and Ozark this weekend. I’m not sure how so many characters can make so many bad decisions in such a short time. Breaking Bad on steroids. Here’s the trailer for the new season–However, there’s a Season 4, Part 2 coming, too.