It feels good to see the hockey news cycle beginning. Everyone seemingly took a few weeks off–everyone except PHN–but now we’ve got work to do. Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin is grinding away on a big-time contract for Kirill Kaprizov, why didn’t Calgary Flames GM Brad Treveling hammer away at the NHL trade market like he wanted, and we predict the Pittsburgh Penguins Metro finish.
We also layout which Metro Division coach and GM could be the first on the hot seat.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Predicting the Metropolitan Division–the old lions (Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals), the upstarts (New York Rangers), the strong teams, and the teams most likely to fall.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now
Sportsnet: It sure sounds like the Calgary Flames put Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monohan on the NHL trade block but didn’t like the returns. So, why didn’t Calgary make big moves? Some great answers by Brad Treveling.
TSN: The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee rejected calls to remove Stan Bowman as Team USA GM as independent investigators look into an alleged coverup of the Blackhawks video coach sexually assaulting two players in 2010.
In the wake of Larry Nassar and the recent Simone Byles testimony before congress, count me as surprised the USOPC held their line. I’m not so sure it’s the right call, however. Bowman faces very serious allegations.
John Ferguson Jr. who was rumored to be one of the Pittsburgh Penguins GM candidates last January left the Boston Bruins to become the assistant GM of the Arizona Coyotes.
Bill Guerin is grinding…grinding away on a new contract for Kirill Kaprizov, despite a pretty, pretty big offer.
Toronto Sun: When will the Toronto Maple Leafs begin making changes? Begin hitting the NHL trade market? Michael Traikos looks at the very tenuous situation in Toronto–Nylander, Campbell, more?
Vegas: VGK signed RFA defenseman Dylan Coghlan to a small contract. One down, Nolan Patrick to go (with no cap space, ahem).
NYI: Zach Parise finally signed with the New York Islanders…and that renews the legacy of J.P. Parise who was part of the 1975 rise of the Islanders.
Colorado: Check out the new Avalanche road jerseys. The blue numbers…well?
Washington: Take a look at the Washington Capitals rookie camp roster–what do you think?
San Jose: William Eklund miraculously fell to the San Jose Sharks in the 2021 NHL Draft. He has one goal–just make the team. Sheng Peng is on the ground in Arizona for the rookie tournament.
Vancouver: The Canucks best youngsters are on the NHL roster. But there are more behind them. Rob Simpson highlights what the Canucks have on the way…