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Dan’s Daily: Penguins Power Play Changes, AZ Clings to Chychrun Trade Price



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Lots of pondering but little intel today in the Daily. Will the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the NHL trade market after defenseman Morgan Reilly suffered a significant lower-body injury? Here’s the catch, Toronto has no cap space. The Arizona Coyotes are sticking to their guns, Tombstone style, with the Jacob Chychrun trade price hoping to find their huckleberry. Elliotte Friedman wondered aloud if the LA Kings were the perfect fit for Patrick Kane. The Pittsburgh Penguins changed their previously sacrosanct power play, and Ryn Poehling isn’t missing this chance.

Kane to LA would be weird, considering those two teams staged the most epic six-year battle for supremacy in the Western Conference and perhaps the greatest playoff series I’ve ever witnessed (2014 Western Conference Final). My Chicago friends tell me Kane hasn’t yet pushed for a trade, but that seems a mere formality.

Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: At Penguins practice, coach Mike Sullivan made changes to the Penguins’ power play units, and not small ones, either. What Sullivan changed and why he shook up the Penguins’ power play.

PHN+: It’s the shot you miss that hurts more. We sat down in the locker stall next to Ryan Poehling. We were merely the first in line for the increasingly popular Pittsburgh Penguins’ fourth liner. Why blocking shots only hurts if you miss — Ryan Poehling is seizing his opportunity.

Calgary Hockey Now: The Penguins opponent tonight — Dillon Dube, is righting the ship, and he’s vital to the Calgary Flames‘ success.

SN+: The grades and snap counts. Interesting analysis — Alan Saunders’s analysis finds how the Steelers coaches are deploying players is hurting the Steelers’ defense.

Uh, where have all the Diontae Johnson targets gone?

PBN+: John Perrotto calls out a tactic of the Pirates’ front office regarding Oneil Cruz. Read on about the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ imaginary watch.

I was like, “what?” And then I read it. Great from JP, as always. Subscribe to one site, and get all the other two for free. Join PHN+ here.

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:

TSN Insiders: Will Toronto hit the NHL trade market to fill the few-month void left by Morgan Reilly? Why Arizona won’t back down from their high, HIGH asking price on Jacob Chychrun, and a procedural update on the 2018 Hockey Canada investigation.

Sportsnet: 32 Thoughts has recently been about 14 or 15 thoughts, but Elliotte Friedman tackled the subjects of Jim Rutherford making a coaching change in Vancouver. The Florida Panthers probably have to make someone available to the NHL trade market because Anthony Duclair is getting healthy, and they can’t afford a full roster with him in the lineup.

Montreal Hockey Now: Three goaltending trade targets to solve Montreal Canadiens goaltending future.

Vegas: Why they should not wait until the NHL trade deadline to add forward depth — the Vegas Golden Knights need it now.

Philly: The injury updates are not good … The losing streak is growing, and the injuries are mounting for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Washington: Below .500 and wondering what’s going wrong, John Carlson blasted himself and his teammates. The Washington Capitals locker room.

NYI: Probably the biggest threat to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ playoff streak is the re-emergence of the Islanders — Back in the playoff hunt. Stefen Rosner breaks down the first 20 games for the New York Islanders.

FLA: Eric Staal. Penalty Killer. Staal is making the transition to stay in the NHL and is helping his Florida Panthers.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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7 days ago

Chychrun, I say go for it. Didn’t we commit to this group this summer? If we don’t “bottom out” and still make the playoffs, what is a first round pick going to do for us and how talented will the 17th or higher player be?
Give Arizona the first pick and one of the goalie prospects, but they must also take Dumoulin and Kapanen. I make that trade in a minute.