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Dan’s Daily: Canucks Cool on Trade, Which Penguins Defenseman Will Go?

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There’s a certain gallows humor to debating which player is on his way out. Most hockey players are very good to us dirty media types and are otherwise good people. Speculating about their employment goes with the job. So which Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman will Ron Hextall put on the NHL trade block? Montreal Canadiens trade winds are swirling around Jeff Petry, still. What is the Calgary Flames Plan B after losing Johnny Gaudreau? And the Washington Capitals signed a young scorer.

And I’m being lauded/criticized for my evening column on Ron Hextall’s tenure. That usually means I found the mark.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: What can the Penguins expect when Hextall puts one of his defensemen on the NHL trade market? Dave Molinari ponders which one will it be? Pittsburgh Penguins trade talk.

Hextall has been flawless in his acquisitions. From Mark Friedman for nothing. Jeff Carter for a couple of picks, to Rickard Rakell, every new player has worked out. Opinion: however, this week, Hextall allowed himself to be handcuffed to the Pittsburgh Penguins core.

PHN+: I thoroughly enjoyed the first rookie camp in three years. I saw a few players who could help the Penguins. A few diamonds in the rough. And I saw a couple of prospects who must keep working. The full breakdown of the Penguins prospects.

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:

Vancouver Hockey Now: Buried in Rob Simpson’s story with Patrik Allvin and the Canucks was the lede for Penguins fans — The Canucks have cooled on any trade for a defenseman. Vancouver Canucks trade chatter.

Calgary Hockey Now: OK, now what? After the departure of Johnny Gaudreau, what is Plan B for the Calgary Flames?

Flames fans are dealing with the loss of Gaudreau … with anger. Calgary Flames reaction.

Montreal Hockey Now: The NHL trade winds are blowing briskly in Montreal. But there’s no deal for Jeff Petry yet. GM Kent Hughes is holding firm–here’s the whole story: Montreal Canadiens trade talk.

Sportsnet: Who are the NHL free agency winners and losers? Sportsnet weights in.

Washington Hockey Now: I love the Capitals’ signing of Dylan Strome. They added second-line center insurance. Youth. Sammi Silber called it “a slam dunk,” but there are salary cap implications. Here’s the deal — Washington Capitals analysis.

NYI Hockey Now: There is a lament on Long Island. The Islanders were supposed to be a finalist for Johnny Gaudreau but lost to Columbus?! The Metro Division got stronger, but the Islanders did not. Stefen Rosner pokes at the New York Islanders’ whiff.

Philly Hockey Now: Dry your eyes, Penguins fans. Sam Carchidi flatly calls GM Chuck Fletcher’s performance this week “a failure.” Ouch! Here comes the tank job. Hard-hitting Philadelphia Flyers column.

Colorado: Where will Nazem Kadri go? Adrian Dater reported Kadri “wants” to stay in Colorado, but as of last night, everyone was still waiting. Here’s the full story —  Colorado Avalanche analysis.

San Jose: Goodbyes are never easy. Brent Burns said goodbye to San Jose after his trade to Carolina. San Jose Sharks coverage.

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Dean
Dean
29 days ago

With the two 35+ contracts and 2-3 years before a Chicago style tear down. Why hasn’t Hextall burned the boats? We are in win now mode. Get Miller!!!!

Frank
Frank
29 days ago

Good for Johnny hockey. I think any player not maximizing his income when the opportunity presents is being short sighted. But what Columbus felt he was worth is way off the charts. Of course that is the market, so ring one up for Gaudreau. But in comparison to Guentzel he comes out second. At his current pace Jake is just about equal to his regular season production with only fractions separating the two. In the playoffs, Johnny is a very distant second. On the salary front, Jake is a VERY distant second. He now makes more than 30% less than… Read more »

stephen Finn
29 days ago

I wouldn’t deal with rutherford. His word is useless. He left a team hanging in the midst of a season. Not an employee you can count on.

Kurt
Kurt
29 days ago
Reply to  stephen Finn

I agree, as a matter of fact I lost a lot of respect for Jim Rutherford for the sneaky way he bailed on the Pens once he bared the prospect and draft pick cupboard.

Paul
Paul
29 days ago

I seriously doubt that the status quo is what HexBurke had in mind. Remember, it wasn’t long ago that Hexy spoke about building with young players through the draft and Burke told his media audience that this team had maxed out. More than anything, this is a Crosby production. He insisted that the core be retained, and with the prospect of free agency as leverage, he all but forced HexBurke to comply. But if Sid thinks this team is capable of a Stanley Cup parade, I’m afraid that I’ve got some bad news . . .

Last edited 29 days ago by Paul
Phil
Phil
28 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Here you go again lol do you ever stop. I think sidney Crosby knows more about winning Stanley cups than you do!

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
28 days ago
Reply to  Phil

Phil, please explain to us real hockey fans, how Sid is now going to win Stanley Cups when they can’t win a playoff series in 4 yrs? Same team. Core / backbone is now even older, probably slower. They have not improved the team. Team is a soft hockey team that was hammered by Rangers. All of our major competition in East has got better. I don’t call people stupid I have different opinions with. So could you please explain how the same team, even older and another yr of being pounded on! How after 4 yrs not winning a… Read more »

Phil
Phil
28 days ago
Reply to  Irish Hammer

First I am a REAL hockey fan. And the only thing that is stupid is yours and Paul’s vilification of this team and organization. I dont care what you think your comments are unsubstantiated. I’ve responded to your comments before and you failed to respond back. Why? Your asking me the same question I’ve answered SEVERAL times. But here we go again first this team outplayed the NYR a real hockey fan would KNOW THAT MUCH! If not for some very unfortunate injuries in goal to jarry and desmith also Crosby dumo rakell, if were not forced to play our… Read more »

Brandon O
Brandon O
29 days ago

The letang and malkin contracts won’t be the main problem 3 years from now. Having 12 million tied up in legacy deals isn’t going to handcuff the team. There’s only one way to build a contender and that’s through the draft. Multiple years of hitting on top 5 picks, and finding a few gems to develop in later rounds to build a core. There is no way to build a team through free agency, so without any prospects, this team was never going to have any other option but to sign geno and letang and run it back. In 3… Read more »

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