Florida Panthers head coach Andrew Brunette was nominated for the Jack Adams Award, but they are interviewing big-name coaches who could replace him. Or not. The NHL trade rumors landed on goalies. The Flyers finally made John Tortorella official, and he met the media with our Sam Carchidi. Shea Weber thanked Montreal Canadiens fans, and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ decisions are starting to logjam.
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is tonight, as well. It’s going to be green grass and high times in Denver.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: First, the NHL season is WAY too long. We ran the numbers–the league could reduce the season, help the players and make more money — AND — Penguins GM Ron Hextall has a myriad of decisions beginning with Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. Still, it’s only a few weeks until the NHL Draft, in which trades are plentiful, and less than a month until NHL free agency. A backlog could rush a few of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ decisions.
Better late than never. The Penguins have a history of landing late-round picks. Dave Molinari nailed it. Pittsburgh Penguins draft.
Pittsburgh Penguins website: Here’s a little something to watch. It’s not the most crucial public news, but the team added a new layer to their strength and conditioning department. Teena Murray is the new Senior VP of Integrated Performance.
Since I totally whiffed on my Game 1 prediction, check it…
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NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Montreal: Montreal GM Kent Hughes confronted the NHL trade rumors bubbling around Josh Anderson. Montreal Canadiens trade buzz.
Sportsnet: The NHL trade chatter and rumors on the goalie market. Jack Campbell, John Gibson, and the available netminders…
Florida Hockey Now: Jack Adams finalist Andrew Brunette isn’t guaranteed a job next season. The Panthers are letting him twist in the wind and interviewing the big-name coaches on the market. Florida Panthers news.
Philly: Believe it or not, coaching the Flyers has been a dream of John Tortorella. The coach has also mellowed?? He met the media for a chat. The best on the beat Sam Carchidi reports–it’s official. Mellow John Tortorella to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Vancouver: The Canucks pursuit of Russian free agent Andrey Kuzmenko continued past their Friday meeting. Kuzmenko is hanging out in Vancouver while he ponders his options. Vancouver Canucks news.
Vegas: Jack Eichel looked good but didn’t set the world on fire in his Vegas return. Also, he had a broken thumb. Vegas Golden Knights analysis.