There are some days when the NHL news is glacially slow. And there is Wednesday. The Washington Capitals appear to be losing one of their premier core players. The NHL lowered the boom on the Ottawa Senators over the bungled Evgenii Dadonov trade. Then, the Senators fired GM Pierre Dorion. The NHLPA is discussing neck guards, while the Vancouver Canucks are hot, West Mifflin’s Logan Cooley scored his first NHL goal, and we dove into the heavy Pittsburgh Penguins perspectives.
The Penguins locker room has been a roller coaster for a week, from the ebullient reaction after thumping the Colorado Avalanche to the irritating loss to the Ottawa Senators and the soul-crushing loss to the Anaheim Ducks. By practice on Tuesday, the team was saying the right things, but they still have to win some games.
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I’m off to the left coast this morning. I’ve booked the ferry and tickets to Alcatraz for this afternoon. I’m damned near giddy. I don’t usually do too many touristy things when I travel, but c’mon. Alcatraz. If you want a ridiculously good documentary with a real ending, a journalist chased the story of the three men who escaped from the rock in 1962. They were always presumed dead. But guess what? When you see how the Anglin brothers escaped, it’s sheer backwoods brilliance. Alcatraz: Search for Truth.
The photo at the end is priceless.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Could extended losing bring another blockbuster Penguins trade? We examined the Mike Sullivan criticisms, what’s valid, and if he is on the hot seat. Penguins perspectives.
British police are still investigating the death of Adam Johnson.
The Penguins are encouraging all players to wear neck and wrist guards and mandating the extra equipment for their minor league players. Get the Penguins news.
And occasionally, a player drops a real pearl of wisdom. Marcus Pettersson did just that when I basically asked him why the team made so many mistakes. Some wisdom from the Penguins locker room.
Steelers Now: It’s a football night in Pittsburgh. Head over to Steelers Now for everything. And I mean EVERYTHING, from Kenny Pickett to the D-Line’s good news for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Washington Hockey Now: At 35 years old, Nick Backstrom is stepping away from the game. It’s not yet a retirement, but here’s the full story, and probably saying goodbye to one of the great Washington Capitals.
TSN: The NHL lowered the boom on the Ottawa Senators, taking a first-rounder for their snafu in the Evgenii Dadonov trade. Then, the new Senators’ ownership lowered the boom on their GM. It was a bombshell day for the Ottawa Senators and the league.
Sportsnet Vancouver: Rick Tocchet and the former Penguins front office folks have the Vancouver Canucks singing a sweet tune. After a brutal couple of seasons with a lot of losses and a lot of questions, the Canucks are flying and now dealing with success.
And yes, I already know what you’re going to comment. If there was one guy, it was Tocchet.
Philly Hockey Now: Uh oh. Carter Hart was hurt, and the Philly Flyers buckled under to the Buffalo Sabres. Coach John Tortorella praised his team and offered kudos. Sam Carchidi had a few more thoughts about those scrappy Philadelphia Flyers.
CBC: The NHL and NHLPA are discussing neck guards and increasing usage.
And Heeeeee shoots and scores. Logan Cooley!
LOGAN COOLEY SCORES HIS FIRST NHL GOAL pic.twitter.com/uO97nDPD5n
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