Kasperi Kapanen applied for his visa in October, but COVID entangled immigration bureaucracy prevented him from getting to Pittsburgh until nine days ago. Kapanen hit the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time on Monday. Also, in the Daily, handicapping Pierre-Luc Dubois’s NHL trade suitors and the Buffalo Sabres spanked the Philadelphia Flyers.
Buffalo winning a game really isn’t news, but I thought you’d enjoy it.
First, Shelly Anderson has the full story of Kasperi Kapanen. He FINALLY arrived (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Juuso Riikola is going to get his big chance with Mike Matheson on the IR. Fortunately, Juuso has an old friend in the locker room for his new opportunity (PHN+)
The Penguins did some housekeeping last night and shuffled the roster. Sam Lafferty was demoted to the taxi squad, among others (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Sorry for all of the PHN links — we’ve been busy bees. Here’s something for a small group of you minor hockey coaches and players. Coaches Jon Goyens (former coach of Baie-Comeau Drakkar and offseason coach/mentor to several NHL players) and Darren Gill have launched a Hockey Masterclass for Minor hockey player development. Check it out (Podcast)
Jon is a sharp coach who coached Mike Matheson in Minor hockey and was Nathan Legare’s coach at Baie-Comeau.
NHL Trade Talk
Lyle Richardson (Spector’s Hockey) analyzed the NHL trade market potential for Pierre Luc-Dubois (Spector’s Hockey)
Dubois also scored to beat the Detroit Red Wings (Canadian Press)
National Hockey Now
The Vegas Golden Knights shuffled Cody Glass to the Taxi Squad so they could afford the sixth defenseman. That situation will be fixed sooner than later (Vegas Hockey Now)
The New York Islanders boldly beat the big bad Boston Bruins badly. Semyon Varlamov wasn’t beaned in the warmups and was dominant (NYI Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks forwards are on a carousel. Round and round they go… (San Jose Hockey Now)
Adrian Dater is LA. On the beach. We hate him. (Colorado Hockey Now)
If you’re planning to visit southern FLA for a game, first, Lonesome George will buy the beer. Second, here’s the jersey schedule including the (lovely? hideous?) retro thirds (Florida Hockey Now)
East Division PostGame
Buffalo Spanked Philadelphia for their first win (Buffalo News)
If the New York Islanders won, that means the Boston Bruins lost. Here’s the flip side (Boston Hockey Now)