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There is increased worry about the NHL players participating in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The National Hockey Now network updated the NHL trade block for the Thanksgiving benchmark. There is renewed national debate over Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, and the Pittsburgh Penguins are no longer that top-heavy team.

Vancouver Canucks ownership didn’t make sweeping changes on Thursday, but nearly everyone expects sweeping changes any moment now.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: As Ovechkin chases Wayne Gretzky, there is renewed debate about who is the generation’s best–Crosby vs. Ovechkin, 2.0.

NHL GMs, scouts, and executives chat with the Hockey Now network and our national reporter Jimmy Murphy. Three defensemen and three forwards, including a pair of former Penguins, are on our updated NHL trade block. 

Crazy, huh? Penguins are no longer the top-heavy team relying on talent. Now, goaltending and the Penguins bottom-six are shouldering the load.

NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: In the always must-read 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman discussed the growing fears over NHL-Olympics participation, the Buffalo Sabres cautiously shopping the NHL trade market for a goalie, and the impending Canucks implosion. 

Rant: Why does everyone tip-toe around China? How could they possibly be awarded the games? Twitter, Facebook, and other large corporations have enabled the oppressive Communist regime to take political prisoners and imprison or murder dissenters. Everyone talks about human rights. Talk is cheap. A leading researcher in Wuhan sounded the alarm in November 2019 about COVID and was promptly not seen again… A tennis player recently accused a well-connected official of sexual assault. She hasn’t been seen again.

I’m not so worried about COVID. Booster shots can quell the current outbreak, but that’s a significant issue, too. It’s time to be as outraged at actual oppression as we are at bad tweets. It’s time to teach China a lesson. So, it’s time to call it off.

TSN: Matt Murray is 0-5 this season and is coming under fire in Ottawa.

Colorado: What are Colorado Avalanche fans thankful for? 

San Jose: The Sharks are rarely favorites, but as Sheng Peng writes, the underdogs turn it on when they need to…

Calgary: The Calgary Flames are a powerhouse this season. One of the leading changes is the resurgence of big Milan Lucic.

Toronto: Scott Cullen took a look at the former Toronto Maple Leafs around the NHL. Nazem Kadri is the big loss. 

And lastly, Montreal: The Canadiens are in trouble. Deeeeeppp trouble. Our boys in the NHL’s most rabid hockey city take a poke at grading the goalies and defencemen at the quarter pole.

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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
7 months ago

In retrospect it is hard to believe that Matt Murray was in goal for two consecutive Stanley Cup wins. And when you consider the last two wins in the second Cup were shut outs is makes it even more implausible. I am not by any stretch able to offer insight on why he has slipped so far. He has been surrounded by genuine NHL coaches that have been unable to help recapture his old form. But I watched him play over the weekend and he just looks awkward. There is little to nothing that is smooth about his movement and… Read more »

celilo
7 months ago
Reply to  Frank

I suspect he has been over coached. His style changed prior to him leaving the pens. Looked like he went from being a highly structured goaltender to trying to emulate the athleticism of Fleury.

Jason
Jason
7 months ago

‘Hockey is for everyone’ except when its time to bend the knee to the CCP.

Its a shame the NHL cant virtue signal its way into taking a stance against human rights abuses in China.

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Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
7 months ago

No American or Canadian athlete should go to China. They should never have been awarded the games. Americans should not watch any of the events.
If we cannot agree to oppose a brutal murderous communist dictatorship then we are truly lost.
I will not watch nor care about games held in a place that murders people for dissent!

Tony C
Tony C
7 months ago

One way to avoid the politicization of the Olympics… is to hold the Olympics in the same place every four years (eg. summer Olympics in Greece, winter Olympics in Switzerland). Currently, most host countries suffer an overall economic LOSS hosting the Olympics (because of construction costs and needs to update infrastructure). This is true, even when you factor in tertiary benefits like tourism. It is obscene to repeatedly subject taxpayers around the world to these unnecessary losses. Over the years, any profits earned by Switzerland or Greece because of the Olympics… would then be distributed among participating nations.

celilo
7 months ago
Reply to  Tony C

It’s not like those countries are free of political issues. Switzerland might be one of the largest proponents of China. Iranian hit squads attempted to assassinate an Israeli businessman within the past few months on Cypress.

I like the thought, but the reality provides little chance of avoiding political issues.

Uros
Uros
7 months ago

So moving the whole production and economy over there was a bad idea? It was all OK while they were producing in sweatshops to favor the rise of western economy? The abuse was the same back then, why are we talking about it now? Because we see a scientist and a tennis player? What about all those who were suffering even before this became “public knowledge”? One thing I’ve learned is that it takes 2 to have a fight. And there’s no right or wrong, just 2 sides fighting. But it’s obvious that you can’t explain that to those that… Read more »

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