It’s the final weekend for trade rumors and general silliness before the NHL trade deadline on Monday. Doesn’t the NHL know internet traffic dips on the weekend? The Pittsburgh Penguins are still scouting teams, but they now have stiffer competition in the Metro Division and the Philadelphia Flyers may have a lot riding on the Stadium Series game.
The Penguins sent a scout to check out the Ottawa Senators-Columbus Blue Jackets game last night. Since the big three targets were not playing and that was announced well in advance, let your imaginations run wild! Or, it could be the Penguins checking on their division rival’s progress.
An added benefit of the Stadium Series game–it seems to have washed the sour taste of a 4-0 shutout from the Penguins mouth (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
It’s quite unbelievable that GMs would wait this long to make a decision on a player. It’s even more unbelievable that one game could shove a GM in one direction or another. However, it sure sounds like the Stadium Series game could be a make or break for the Flyers (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
The trade deadline also has the Minnesota Wild players on edge (Pioneer Press)
Tip of the cap to teams getting greedy at the trade deadline, too. Mats Zuccarello? Kevin Hayes? Hey, why not both? Some teams are trying to get both assets from the Rangers (Forever Blue Shirts)
Looking at New York Islanders Trade Targets (SNY)
Pierre LeBrun thinks the Islanders are going to add before Monday, and Elliotte Friedman said the Rangers price tag on Chris Kreider is steep (Nichols on Hockey)
To summarize the Metro Division trades this month: The Penguins dealt Brassard and Sheahan for Bjugstad and McCann. Washington added Nick Jensen and Carl Hagelin and subtracted only Madison Bowey. Columbus added Matt Duchene without losing any NHL pieces (but at least one first round pick). The Islanders are pushing hard.
The Ottawa Senators aren’t optimistic on keeping Mark Stone, and he is a bigger fish than Duchene. (TSN)