One day after the Vegas Golden Knights won the NHL trade sweepstakes for Jack Eichel, we turned the page to look at the salary cap reality. In short, Vegas has more blockbuster trades to make unless they can “Kucherov” Eichel. The Pittsburgh Penguins surprised the Philadelphia Flyers, and Tristan Jarry outdueled buddy Carter Hart in the beleaguered Penguins win. Mike Sullivan tested positive for COVID, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are offering something that ails the Penguins.
Too much stuff today! First, we start in Vegas and with the NHL trade rumors.
Vegas Hockey Now: Full analysis of the Jack Eichel trade. What did Vegas Golden Knights really give up?
After the trade, the Golden Knights will be $10 million over the cap when healthy. That means more trades…or here’s how Vegas can circumvent the salary cap until the summer.
Calgary: Mathew Tkachuk was the bait that the Calgary Flames dangled for Eichel. Kevin Weekes reported it. We confirmed it. Tkachuk spoke on Thursday–he never believed it. Interesting interview.
Colorado: Jack Eichel thought (or hoped) he was going to the Colorado Avalanche…
Sportsnet: Could the Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs pair up on the NHL trade dancefloor? Toronto is offering two RHDs, for the right price.
NYI: The Buffalo Sabres also had salary cap worries after the Jack Eichel trade, except they had to meet the salary cap floor. So, they rang up the New York Islanders and traded for Johnny Boychuk’s hefty salary.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Unbelievable–todd Reirden coached the Penguins Thursday night after head coach Mike Sullivan tested positive for COVID.
PHN+: The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2 in OT on Kris Letang’s sneaky OT goal. Get the analysis and the Penguins player grades–good and bad.
PHN Video: Make sure you like the NHN YouTube page. That’s where we will post the players’ postgame videos and the postgame analysis video, plus the Live Chats. We broke down the Penguins win from ice level, and I may have shortcircuited at the end.
NHL News & National Hockey Now:
Florida Panthers: The Panthers did the Penguins a kindness, kind of. Florida beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 in OT, denying them an extra point.
Washington: However, Washington forced overtime with a furious three-goal rally. Alex Ovechkin became the first player to score 10 goals this season, but Anthony Mantha was injured in the loss.
Boston: Holy Patty! Patrice Bergeron busts out with a four-goal game in the Bruins 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Montreal: It’s about to get UGLY in Montreal. Another brutal, look away, loss by the Montreal Canadiens, who lost 6-2 to the New York Islanders.