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Dan’s Daily: Fleury Staying, DeBrusk Going, CCM Won’t Market Malkin

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Evgeni Malkin

There are probably a few disappointed general managers with goaltending starved teams as Marc-Andre Fleury may be off the market. Jake DeBrusk is filling the net for the Boston Bruins but still trying to put himself on the NHL trade block. The Pittsburgh Penguins locker room is having a good time with Brian Boyle, and Teddy Blueger is right on schedule to return to the Penguins lineup.

We’ve also got Jack Johnson news.

Evgeni Malkin hasn’t yet addressed the Russian invasion, and he probably has zero desire to do so. It’s a no-win situation. Say too little, the internet will gang up on you. Say too much and a ruthless dictator will harm you or your family. “They” tried to ruin Artemi Panarin for far less.

Malkin’s opinion is just that–an opinion and will not change the world.

He’s never been a big Russian cheerleader, but the sports world is banning and disassociating with everything Russian. On Tuesday, CCM announced it would no longer use Russian players in marketing. Alex Ovechkin was specifically mentioned, but Evgeni Malkin and Dmitry Orlov are other Russians under CCM contract.

To the pucks, we go…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: My God, that’s Teddy Blueger’s music! Early in the Pittsburgh Penguins practice, Blueger dropped the non-contact sweater and put the full-go jersey on. Teddy Blueger update.

As we reported yesterday, the Canadian women and U.S. women will have a gold-medal rematch at PPG Paints Arena. Saturday, March 12. 4 p.m. And, the Penguins signed a pair of undrafted juniors. Penguins prospects.

PHN+: Brian Boyle is ready. When Blueger comes back, he’ll play winger, center, whatever they need. And–we’re not sure who started it or the shadowy group lurking in the Penguins locker room, but the boys are having some fun with Brian Boyle T-shirts.

NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:

Boston: The Boston Bruins are willing. Jake DeBrusk is lighting more lamps than kerosene, but he still wants out of Boston. Now he’s trying to negotiate a new deal, so teams know what they’re getting on the NHL trade market.

TSN: Pierre LeBrun, who also sprang the DeBrusk news, reports that Marc-Andre Fleury is leaning towards staying put in Chicago.

Chicago Sun-Times: It’s been a tumultuous year for the Chicago Blackhawks, marred by scandal and losing. Kyle Davidson has significant challenges ahead. He is now the permanent GM.

Florida: Here’s an interesting name that’s been floating out there–Frank Vatrano. He was out of the lineup, and a trade seemed imminent, but Vatrano is back in the Florida Panthers lineup…for now.

Colorado: Jack Johnson. You remember him, right? The stay-home defenseman who was once an offensive defenseman played his 1000th NHL game and was honored by the Colorado Avalanche.

I’ve never seen a player that the internet tastemakers decided that they hated, genuinely hated, before the player arrived and stuck to their guns so vociferously. It was a one-up contest to see who could be more vitriolic. I hope to never see it again.

San Jose: Take one off the trade market? Tomas Hertl says contract talks are going well with the San Jose Sharks.

Wait, you’re allowed to negotiate in-season with a core player who wants to stay?

Montreal: This is getting to be a fun watch. The out-of-the-box rebuild for the Montreal Canadiens is beginning.

Metro Division:

Detroit: Good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Carolina Hurricanes lost one of their games in hand. The Detroit Red Wings did the honor in OT.

NYI: The Devon Toews trade tree. The Islanders faced Toews (Colorado Avalanche) for the first time, Tuesday night. Lou Lamoriello traded the youngster to sign other players and get something in return. Stefen Rosner looked at the problematic and opportunistic New York Islanders move.

Washington: You know things are bad when players talk about “staying positive.” Yep, the Washington Capitals are there.

Philly: They had momentum, but it’s gone. Leon Draisaitl potted two, and the Edmonton Oilers got the best of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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PenPal
PenPal
9 months ago

My understanding from the TSN article is that CCM will still pay-up all the contracts with the Russian players (’cause CCM doesn’t want to get sued for breach of contract) – CCM will stop running ads with Russian players, but players still get paid. (Though it’s unlikely that, at this time, they’ll sign any new Russian players or renew contracts.) However, I’m not convinced that Malkin has any contract with CCM. I don’t recall seeing him in any CCM advertisement and he barely uses any CCM gear. So I’m confused by the TSN article naming Malkin, but not Panarin (who… Read more »

Frank
Frank
9 months ago

Someone needs to explain to me why Russian nationals playing hockey in the US should be expected to take a political stand on the actions of their own country. Speaking for myself I just do not need the opinions of third parties to move the needle for me on how criminal those acts are. I suppose at some level people want to hear it out of the mouths of Russians to be validated. So when Malkin or Panarin or Ovechkin or some other of their countrymen condemn this . . . it will be that that tips it over to… Read more »

Wasnt
9 months ago
Reply to  Frank

I think it’s mainly Ov because he often spoke of support for Putin and had shirts made with Team Putin on them. So now everyone wants to know if he still feels the same….that’s fair right???? He kind of brought it on himself….and if you’re a Caps fan would you buy his shirt or give your money to maybe another player like Oshie.

Ujn Hunter
9 months ago
Reply to  Wasnt

FCK OSHE

Wasnt
9 months ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

How bout Carlson ,Sheary or TVR??

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[…] He’s never been a big Russian cheerleader, but the sports world is banning and disassociating with everything Russian. On Tuesday, CCM announced it would no longer use Russian players in marketing. Alex Ovechkin was specifically mentioned, but Evgeni Malkin and Dmitry Orlov are other Russians under CCM contract. […]

Ethan
Ethan
9 months ago

I heard Malkin has dual American citizenship–not sure about Ovechkin but seems likely as well–so not sure what they did wrong. Seems like CCM and other companies could be drifting into ACLU territory. As for JJ, I will always remember watching him play the Flyers in an outdoor game while I was celebrating my 45th in Truth and Consequences, NM. On that night (think Letang may have gotten injured) he was the standout player for the Penguins. That game was just a little slower and more physical due to conditions–more like old time hockey and it seemed (at least to… Read more »

Luther MacDougal
Luther MacDougal
9 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

The hate for Johnson was a little overblown, but the anger at the Penguins initial signing of him was not. It was clearly done for the wrong reasons and he was very overpaid at the time. I think it’s fair for a fanbase to be angry about that. And he was often the worst player on the D during his time here. He definitely got worse after signing a comfortable contract.

Kurt
Kurt
9 months ago

Jack Johnson was definitely the worst move Rutherford made ? Just the rediculous contract he got made absolutely no sense? Talk about helping out a guy?

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
9 months ago
Reply to  Kurt

Brassard deal was much, much worse.

Kurt
Kurt
9 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

As long as he isn’t lacing them up for the Penguins I don’t care, and he deserved not being a fan favorite in my opinion? He sucked bad for the Penguins referring to Jack Johnson? Colorado must have been very desperate for defensemen?

Scott Maloni
Scott Maloni
9 months ago

Shame on CCM

Jaye Cantagallo
Jaye Cantagallo
9 months ago

Dan, love your question, “ Wait, you’re allowed to negotiate in-season with a core player who wants to stay?”

Uros
Uros
9 months ago

Well, Dan, credit where credit is due. You said all the right things throughout the article. I see the comments section is also in alignment. By the way, do you think Fleury might be harboring this weird dream of finishing his career in Pittsburgh, as Jarry backup/mentor, once his cap hit descends? It would be weird after how he was treated, but he seems to love it here.

Dougc
Dougc
9 months ago

I hope pgh media is alright. It must be hard for them that fleury is not going to pgh.

Red1
Red1
9 months ago

Saw Ovi interview. He said as much as he could. He explained that he wants peace and has family in Russia. You don’t think Putin would arrest or kill his family?

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[…] is beginning a rebuild, we may not necessarily see that right away. It’s been reported that Marc-Andre Fleury is likely to stay putand he’s their biggest rental candidate. When it comes to the others, none of them have the […]

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[…] He’s never been a big Russian cheerleader, but the sports world is banning and disassociating with everything Russian. On Tuesday, CCM announced it would no longer use Russian players in marketing. Alex Ovechkin was specifically mentioned, but Evgeni Malkin and Dmitry Orlov are other Russians under CCM contract. […]