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Dan’s Daily: Penguins Sign Last RFA, Wild Locker Room Fight Comes to Light

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The Pittsburgh Penguins signed their last RFA on Thursday, a few hours after general manager Ron Hextall explained why they fired goalie coach Mike Buckley and replaced him with Andy Chiodo. PHN slipped a little question about free agency or trades into the presser, too. We also kind of broke the news that Zach Aston-Reese signed a one-year deal, though it looks like our buddy Frank Seravalli at Daily Faceoff beat us to Twitter–anyway, we were hours before anyone else locally. A wild Penguins fight at practice that spilled over into the locker room with Evgeni Malkin came to light via a national podcast, and the Boston Bruins are churning the NHL trade market.

PHN hosted over one million readers in July. That’s a big deal. In August, we’re ahead of that pace. In August?! Yinz are killing me, and I love it. Also, I was goofing around on Twitter with template Steeler tweets and received a request for Penguins templates, so you can more easily just cut and paste. Here ya go!

PHN: The Pittsburgh Penguins dished a one-year contract to RFA Zach Aston-Reese. A bit below market value, but isn’t everything? The Penguins inked their last RFA.

I thought Ron Hextall eventually gave excellent insight into why he hired Andy Chiodo as the goalie coach and what he wants Andy to help Tristan Jarry improve. 

Cam & Strick Podcast: Here’s the story you want. Grab a cup of coffee. Settle in. And listen to the podcast. Beau Bennett was a guest, and the stories he dished about Malkin, Phil Kessel chirping Sid, and more were awesome. 

NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now

Boston: While we broke the little story, the boys in Boston were doing the heavy lifting. The Bruins are adding names to the NHL trade market, including Jake DeBrusk again, and sources confirmed the name at the top of their list is Arizona Coyotes center, Christian Dvorak.

NY Post: The New Jersey Devils took one of the best UFA scorers off the market. After signing Dougie Hamilton to a massive $63 million contract, GM Tom Fitzgerald (or his analytics staff who LOVED Hamilton) popped open the wallet for Tomas Tatar, too.

Philly: While one Pittsburgh Penguins rival is trying to rebuild quickly, their cross-state rival has done pretty well this offseason, too. As Ryan Gilbert of Philly Hockey Now writes, Chuck Fletcher has improved the Flyers in ALL areas.

Florida: Ask George! Sam Bennett, Sasha Barkov, Sam Reinhart–ya, the Florida Panthers are getting a LOT better, and they were already pretty good. Panthers fans have questions–and George Richards was spitting answers. 

Vegas: What is going on in the desert?? Fleury-gone. Reaves-gone. Reilly Smith–on the NHL trade block. And now, the CMO of the organization, who built a perfect, fun, and beautiful marketing strategy–GONE, too. 

San Jose: Assistant coach John Madden was one of many people close to Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Mattis Kivlenieks, who passed away last month in a fireworks accident. He died a hero as he made one more save–getting between a stray firework launch and a teammate’s family. John Madden fondly remembered Kivlenieks. 

Detroit: If you’re into prospects, Detroit is LOADED. Stevie Y knows what he’s doing, and another under-the-radar prospect is popping up for Team Sweden and making waves. 

Vancouver: Big get for our new guy Rob Simpson in Vancouver! He chatted with Canucks head coach Travis Green about COVID, the short summer, and GM Jim Benning’s work on the NHL trade fronts. COVID really knocked Green out. 

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Rob
Rob
1 month ago

Did you throw the Kingerski is an idiot template in there for a laugh? That one should be replaced by a trade Malkin/Letang one! Lol

J Lami
J Lami
1 month ago

What if Malkin starts season on LTIR will that free up some cap space along with trimming roster for season start and allow us to sign a say 1.8 mil RHD??

David
David
1 month ago

No sense wasting the temple:

Malkin sucks. Giveaway machine!

(Guessing the fight was started when Malkin was hazed about pouting and… giveaways}

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  David

The fight was because he skipped new year’s day practice and craig didn’t like it

Rik
Rik
1 month ago

So who was involved in this “wild locker room” fight????

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

You should listen to the podcast. Beau is pretty funny and spills the beans. Craig Adams and Geno were battling behind the net for a puck and then started baseball swinging at each other. It was broken up, but then later in the locker room Adams charged at him and it was full on fists and Craig was bloodied. Sounded crazy

Keith Whipkey
Keith Whipkey
1 month ago

Interesting to imagine Malkin fighting — by himself?!?

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