The World Cup of Hockey could return as soon as 2024, though it’s not yet a done deal. We profiled Pittsburgh Penguins top prospect P.O. Joseph and his graceful but firm reaction to recent racist taunts in the AHL, ECHL, and abroad. The Winnipeg Jets may put some big names on the NHL trade block to shake up a stagnant team. The Vancouver Canucks are the intense focus of current NHL trade rumors, but why isn’t the most obvious name front and center?
And the view of the NHL All-Star Game Skill Competition on the Bellagio Fountains on Friday should be pretty spectacular. I regret not covering it, but in this world, discretion is still the better part of valor, and I can’t risk getting stuck in an expensive hotel room for a week (especially with the torment of looking out the window at one of my favorite cities).
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: I thought P.O. Joseph responded quite well to recent racist incidents in the AHL, (possibly) ECHL, and across the world. “There’s so much I would say,” said the top Pittsburgh Penguins prospect.
Since it’s making its rounds across the league, if you missed it, we laid out why Jeff Petry could be the perfect get for the Penguins, the price, and the conditions under which GM Ron Hextall may have to do something like it. The only place for Kris Letang insurance or to replace Letang will be the NHL trade market.
NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:
Vegas: Jack Eichel will be ready soon, and all defensemen are signed. A trade must be coming, and the Vegas Golden Knights are likely to deal from an area of depth.
TSN: The Insiders revealed that Peter Chiarelli interviewed for the Chicago Blackhawks GM position. And that the World Cup of Hockey could return in 2024.
Hockey News: Adam Proteau looked at the Winnipeg Jets and the stagnation. Not even a coaching change could jumpstart them, and Mark Schiefele could be on the move.
DFO: Could Arturri Lehkonen net a first-round pick for the Montreal Canadiens on the trade market?
Sportsnet: The Vancouver Canucks have a few names floating in the trade rumors, but why isn’t the most obvious choice, Brock Boeser making more news?
Montreal: Not sure how I feel about this one–Chris “Knuckles” Nylan has been a staple in Montreal sports radio for quite a while, but he was fired from TSN radio this week for refusing the vaccine. The coverage of the Montreal Canadiens is worse for it.
We’re not debating this on PHN. No. Don’t try. My house, my rules, and I’d sooner see 50 comments on My 600lb Life or Chrisley Knows Best than spend a minute editing the comments on this topic.
Washington: Ever seen Nick Backstrom sing? He serenaded former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Conor Sheary on the bench. The Washington Capitals news you gotta see…
Vegas: Mark Stone will be in the Fountain Faceoff. The league announced the Skills Competition competitors for the NHL All-Star Game.
ESPN: Team USA Women got off to a good start with a win over Finland, but Brianna Decker suffered an ugly injury and will miss the rest of the Olympics.