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NHL trade, Pittsburgh Penguins trade Marc-Andre Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury is still in his heart a part of the Pittsburgh Penguins. So said Elliotte Friedman when he reported or squashed NHL trade rumors that connected Fleury to the Washington Capitals. Big Jeff Carter is sticking around for a while with the Penguins. The Boston Bruins are in on Jakob Chychrun and eyeing Colin Miller.

And the Philadelphia Flyers held a free-fall press conference with the GM and President. That’s never good when the brass has to speak in January. It’s uglier than an Eagles blowout loss to the Cowboys right now.

First, up the Penguins…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Big Jeff Carter is sticking around, and he took a pay cut to do it. Get the deets on Carter’s deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

At 9 a.m., I’ll dive into what the Carter contract means. It doesn’t necessarily mean what you think. As always, bookmark PHN and come back often.

Head coach Mike Sullivan admitted his backup goalie is healthy, physically, but is battling himself. The problem is a lack of confidence for Casey DeSmith.

PHN+: The Penguins coach and others began the countdown to another milestone–500 goals for Sidney Crosby.

NHL Trade Talk

We’ll start with the trade talk.

Washington: After reporting the Capitals were kicking the tires, Elliotte Friedman also reports/suggests Marc-Andre Fleury–in his heart–is still part of the Pittsburgh Penguins and would decline a move to the Washington Capitals.

Boston: Jakob Chychrun and Colin Miller. It’s been a running theme for 18 months: NHL trade chatter has included Boston, but GM Don Sweeney hasn’t yet landed the big defenseman for the Boston Bruins.

Philly: The Philadelphia Flyers are trying to set the table for a Claude Giroux trade.

Sportsnet: Players aren’t so keen to live in Canada right now. The burdensome COVID restrictions are bordering on absurd considering the high rate of vaccinations. Folks aren’t happy. And it is likely to put Canadian teams at a disadvantage at the NHL trade deadline.

“We’re all going to die” is as silly as “it’s a hoax!” I’ll give a FREE PHN+ subscription to anyone who begins the vaccination process this week. It won’t stop Omicron, but it will insulate you from severe effects. Post part of your card in the comments or DM me. Deaths are spiking again, and about 80% of the deaths in Washington are unvaccinated. That number is well over 90% in Arizona. I just want you to live and our hospitals not become triage centers, eh?

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Philly: Chuck Fletcher faced the firing squad, er, spoke to the media on Wednesday. There was a lot to unpack, but the surprising twist is that despite 13 straight losses, Fletcher appears relatively safe with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Colorado: Nathan MacKinnon was bloodied. It was a clean, almost unintentional hit by Taylor Hall, but MacKinnon was in bad shape. The Colorado Avalanche responded.

Calgary: 62 shots. 62?! The poor Columbus Blue Jackets didn’t know whether to cry or wind their watch. It was a franchise record for the Calgary Flames.

NYI: Necessity is the mother of patience for Zach Parise of the New York Islanders.

And… this weekend, PHN readers can get another big Bet $5, Win $280 DraftKings 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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Hockey Fan that knows the players
Hockey Fan that knows the players
3 months ago

Jakob Chychrun? Stay hot Dean.

Michael
Michael
3 months ago

Jacob not Jeff. 😀

penguins in Texas
penguins in Texas
3 months ago

I would gladly donate a ten spot to Fleury to have him NOT go to the Caps…..I am sure there are many others that would do the same…and it would not hit the salary cap…

Peter Kadar
Peter Kadar
3 months ago

Elliotte — Please stop stealing Mike Lange’s quotes. Get in the fast lane grandma, scratch my back with a hacksaw and He doesn’t know whether to cry or wind his watch along with several dozen others are classic Mike Lange quotes. I love you man but come on…. Now like Elvis please just leave the building.

Last edited 3 months ago by Peter Kadar
Peter Kadar
Peter Kadar
3 months ago

BTW Marc Andre Fleury is such a class act — I’m not sure anyone Yinzer in the Steel City was in favor of leaving him unprotected. I live in Cali now and my Black and Yellow Legacy license plate refers to the Penguins and Fleury’s #29.

Peter Kadar
Peter Kadar
3 months ago

When are the Penguins going to pull the trigger and get a competent back up goalie. Casey DeSmith might be the worst NHL goalie currently collecting a paycheck. He has lost confidence in Himself the team has lost confidence in him Sully has lost confidence in him Hextall and Brian Burke have lost confidence in him. Shoot I’ve heard rumors that his wife his mother and his children seem to think he’ll be wearing street clothes in 6 weeks. He’s passed through waivers at least once in the past 2 years and if it happens again he would pass though… Read more »

Bob Summers
Bob Summers
3 months ago

Pens fan for 31 years and Canadian for 47 years. I agree that we need to move on with Omicron, but very proud of how our country has responded with the handling of Covid. I think a couple of great Canadians would agree, Mario and Sid!

Peter Kadar
Peter Kadar
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Summers

Pens fan since Jean Pronovost, Syl Apps and Dave Burrows. Also a former season ticket holder and proud patriot. I agree — but is it great to see Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto playing in front of empty seats and in silent arenas. Is it good for the economy eh? Mario, Fleury, and Sid would be proud. Shall we all lock ourselves in our homes 24/7 until all danger is passed? When will it be safe for people to come out from hiding? No one knows the answer as of 1/27/2022. Best regards.

Last edited 3 months ago by Peter Kadar
Dougc
Dougc
3 months ago

Need to take down your fleury poster not coming back

Kurt
Kurt
3 months ago
Reply to  Dougc

Wishfull thinking never hurts? Also I am truly hoping that the pens at least get ahold of the Canadians and try and acquire Jeff Petry the Penguins may actually be smart to make this trade happen the sooner the better? Also wouldn’t mind seeing Hextall etch his name to go down as 1 of if not the smartest and best GM in penguins recent history? And pull off a huge impactful NHL honest trade as far as receiving and sending in return? Like maybe it’s the exact right time to trade Malkin as long as at least 1 first rd… Read more »

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