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Dan’s Daily: Lightning Strike Again, Big-Name NHL Trade Chatter

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Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL trade, David Pastrnak

We’re just about to that point of the offseason when the NHL trade chatter produces plenty of speculation and surprising names. One big name popped up in Boston. Pittsburgh Hockey Now reported the Pittsburgh Penguins received a couple of calls about their top prospect, P.O. Joseph. Evander Kane is uncertain about his future, and on the ice, the Tampa Bay Lightning schooled the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the ECF.

The Rangers are becoming a bit reliant on the Garden crowd, eh?

It is an amazing place to play for the home team. The energy is something else.

NHL Trade Chatter

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: After examining the Penguins’ pending decision and possibilities regarding P.O Joseph, sources told us a little more. The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens have called to express interest. Pittsburgh Penguins trade talk.

Boston Hockey Now: David Pastrnak rumors popped on Tuesday in the midst of the surprising head coaching vacancy. Just a wee bit of activity up there. However, GM Don Sweeney is shooting down the Pasta trade buzz. Boston Bruins drama.

NHL Playoffs:

NHL.com: The Lightning regained the swagger (did you read “swagger” in Mike Sullivan’s voice?) Tampa Bay put an exclamation point on their series comeback with a 4-1 win to even the series, 2-2.

Colorado: Since Kadri had thump surgery, he’ll be out for a while. Colorado has slipped Mikko Rantanen into the pivot spot, and they’re OK…for now. The Stanley Cup Final awaits the hobbled Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado is a rebuild done right and very well. When the Pittsburgh Penguins were winning back-to-back Stanley Cups, Colorado hit the big red reset button. Patrick Roy bailed as head coach. The team had a mere 48-point season. They were dark days. Yet, here they are, Stanley Cup Final bound.

So, who is the starting goalie? A few patch-jobs are necessary to get to the finish line, and head coach Jared Bednar is “rethinking” his goalie situation. Colorado Avalanche coverage.

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: For the player “who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community,” P.K. Subban won the King Clancy award.

Montreal Hockey Now: More good vibrations in Montreal. There are plenty of excitations. The team hired one of the best women players to put on skates, Marie-Philip Poulin, in a player development role. Yet another groundbreaking rule. Montreal Canadiens news.

Detroit: The “Yzerplan” has been stockpiling prospects like a doomsdayer buying drums of dry food mix from former preacher Jim Baker. (If the apocalypse comes and I can’t have pizza or real food, let the zombies have me). Anyhoo, our Detroit boys compiled the top-10 Detroit Red Wings prospects.

Vancouver: Patrik Allivn is making a hometown mark on the Canucks, picking up Swedish prospects and free agents. Full story–Vancouver Canucks gameplan.

And…one of the big casinos finally paid some attention to hockey! Caesars is coming after DraftKings market share and offering some heavy promotions, including a risk-free bet up to $1500 on the Conference Final or Stanley Cup Final. Wowser. Caesars sportsbook promo.

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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
24 days ago

If you are watching the two conference finals objectively and still holding onto the notion that somehow the Penguins would mix in well and have a chance then you still must be sitting by the chimney waiting for Santa to appear. The Penguins are a good and entertaining team . .. no doubt. But there is no way that when your “core” is collectively closer to 40 than 35 that they will have anything left to weather the intensity of the playoffs. They were already showing wear in February and March . . .what would they look like in June?… Read more »

Drew
Drew
23 days ago
Reply to  Frank

There are only two players over the age of 35 on the roster. They are both 37. Only one of them would be considered a core player (Carter). How does that make the core average closer to 40 than 35?

Brandon O
Brandon O
23 days ago
Reply to  Frank

I stopped reading when you said they are closer to 40 then 35. Crosby is 34, Letang 35, Malkin 35 and other core members like Rust, Guentzel, and Jarry are under 30. In fact nobody on this roster is closer to 40 then 35. Not even Carter. If the ages need to be exhaggerated to make your point then the rest of your post is probably nonsense.

Frank
Frank
23 days ago
Reply to  Brandon O

Crosby will be 35 in August . .. Malkin will be 36 in July . . . Letang is already 35. Nice job tossing in a couple of younger guys to “make your point.” Too many Penguin fans live in an alternate universe that allows for players improving when they get to their mid 30’s. OK, we will go with that. Let’s see how this “young” group is galloping around this coming Spring. Now that they have dropped $900 million on the team I am suspecting any sentimentality from new ownership is in very low supply. The team HAS to… Read more »

David
David
23 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Goaltending was the reason for the last 2 seasons early elimination. Were they good enough to go farther than the 2nd round? Maybe. But I agree that they probably could not have beaten Tampa Bay, Carolina, or Colorado.

DaGama
DaGama
23 days ago

Considering the NHL’s questionable officiating, betting on their games may not be the wisest way to risk $.

Paul
Paul
23 days ago

Whatta great move by Sakic to acquire Lehkonen before the deadline. He was on my short list, too. Now THAT’S how a shrewd GM does it. You know, as opposed to the imposter here.

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Bob
Bob
23 days ago

Anyway, Tampa is going to beat the Rangers in 6 or 7 and Colorado is going to beat Tampa with them having the long series with the Rangers running out of steam and the new champs will be crowned. Just glad the Golden Boy in Edmonton didn’t make it and wonder if he’ll ever win a cup in his career like we were all wondering if Ovie was going to and he did winning his one and only cup in his career. As far as the Penguins you won’t see a cup here again for along time with this team… Read more »

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