Isn’t it nice to have the news dominated by player performances and NHL trade rumors instead of COVID? It appears a setback in his comeback will shove Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask into retirement. On Tuesday night, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry resumed his brick-wall routine against the Bruins. And Jack Eichel’s impending return means the Vegas Golden Knights must become sellers.
Oh, and you may have heard of a bit of an incident between Brad Marchand and Tristan Jarry at the end of Tuesday’s game. We’ll start with the game itself if that’s cool.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Watch Marchand hack the puck off Jarry’s stick during intermission and then go nuts at the end of the game with a punch and a stick jab at Jarry’s face. Officials dished a Match penalty to Brad Marchand.
Boston: Here’s the view from the other side of the incident. And Patrice Bergeron may have a concussion after he and Sidney Crosby tangled near the boards. There’s not much pushback about Marchand from the Boston Bruins.
Boston: Our colleagues in Boston also confirmed a setback, and Tuukka Rask is likely to retire.
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NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:
Vegas: Jack Eichel is practicing full-contact, which means the Vegas Golden Knights have to clear about $5.1 million to activate him soon. Here are the candidates and the price tags of those players on the NHL trade market.
TSN: The Insiders circled the Calgary Flames as aggressive hunters for secondary scoring, which should incite a few NHL trade rumors.
Sportsnet: Another bad loss for the Montreal Canadiens. Another baaaad loss. Eric Engels says it’s time for the new management to intervene.
Washington: Tom Wilson tied the game later in the third, but good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus scored again to beat the Washington Capitals.
Philly: Claude Giroux got a salute at practice after winning the NHL All-Star Game MVP. Daniel Briere is the new special assistant to the Philadelphia Flyers GM.
Giroux’s name is only getting more heat in the NHL trade chatter.
NYI: Mathew Barzal said it’s back to business, but Barry Trotz admitted a mistake. New York Islanders news.
Canes Country: The Ottawa Senators, yes, the lowly Senators, further jumbled the top of the Metro Division by beating the Carolina Hurricanes.