For a kid who has two 40+ goal seasons in his first six years in the league, Alex DeBrincat doesn’t seem to be appreciated. The Detroit Red Wings snared DeBrincat for a song and a conditional first pick Sunday night. Speculation is running rampant that Vladimir Tarasenko will sign in Ottawa. Reports indicate the New Jersey Devils are poking around John Gibson on the NHL trade market while we try to sort through the Pittsburgh Penguins’ salary cap gymnastics.
Even after I wrote the Penguins Q&A Part II, I’ve pondered Dubas’s statement that the Penguins “internally” felt they were well under the salary cap.
What does he have planned?
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The incredible expanding Penguins depth chart.
How will the Penguins handle roster congestion, and what is Danton Heinen’s value? Dave Molinari penned the Penguins notebook.
How will Dubas slip under the cap, who will the Penguins trade, and who is the backup goalie? Penguins Q&A.
NHL Trade News & National Hockey Now:
Detroit Hockey Now: The big weekend trade was to the Detroit Red Wings. Alex DeBrincat, come on down!
New Jersey Hockey Now: Sunday, Larry Brooks tied John Gibson to the Devils. He was the second to do, as the NHL trade rumors grow that the New Jersey Devils are interested.
NYI Hockey Now: The Islanders are having a rough offseason. Lou Lamoriello has nothing to show for it after losing his pursuit of DeBrincat. However, the Islanders may have something the Boston Bruins need: centers. Andrew Fantucchio looks into a Bruins – Islanders trade.
Sportsnet: The top 12 unsigned RFAs and the latest rumors.
Boston Hockey Now: Former top-10 pick Filip Zdina is a UFA after the Red Wings cut him loose. Jimmy Murphy wonders if Zdina isn’t a perfect candidate to be a Boston Bruins reclamation project.
Montreal Hockey Now: The 2023-24 Montreal Canadiens expectations are becoming clear.
Philly Hockey Now: Sign one goalie but lose a player they’ve been waiting for? The latest for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Vegas Hockey Now: Three-time Stanley Cup champion. The case for the Vegas Golden Knights to re-sign Phil Kessel.
A little stick tap to our new Vegas beat writer Chris Gawlik. We took a chance on a podcaster making the jump (we are also putting him through Shelly Anderson journalism school), and Chris is knocking it out of the park. You should check out his work at Vegas Hockey Now if you still follow the VGK.