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Dan’s Daily: Penguins PP Woes, Trade Requests Denied



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There wasn’t much use analyzing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday night. The analysis was overly simple. The Penguins failed to convert many scoring chances and did a better job of killing time on the power than the penalty killers. There are verdicts on trade requests, which will affect the NHL trade block and the final word on Tony DeAngelo in New York.

Alan Saunders and I had a postgame chat. I hope you enjoy it. We discussed the power play, what comes next, or who goes next (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

There are two fixes for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ power. Each fix needs the other, and why “Shoooot!!” is only part of the answer (PHN+)

Sam Bennett requested a trade out of Calgary. He wants a chance at a larger role, including top-six minutes. Calgary GM Brad Treveling says he didn’t receive a request a trade, and they were blindsided. Huh?! Full story (Sportsnet Calgary)

He could be a solid addition to a talented line; he’d be the grinding, puck retrieval, energy guy. Or, he’s a solid third line contributor on a Cup worthy team who brings the heart and jam … Which is why Calgary has kept him off the NHL trade block, so far…

Last weekend’s other trade request was Victor Mete, the Montreal Canadiens defenseman currently getting a steady diet of press box nachos. Unlike Calgary, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin was aware of the request, and he flatly rejected it.  (Sportsnet Montreal)

The New York Rangers are done with Tony DeAngelo. The NYR brass discussed what was true and what wasn’t, including debunking one “sad” rumor (NY Post)

DeAngelo is a talented player. He needs to get a few things straightened out before any NHL team will sign him. His political views (fringe and right-center) shouldn’t be an issue unless we implement a conformity test for anyone who wants to hold a job. However, his public stridency on the most extreme points, racist behavior in junior hockey, and self-destructive social media outbursts which took attention away from the team only underscore the complicated situation punctuated by fighting teammates. Anyhoo…

National Hockey Now

The Washington Capitals led by three goals, but the Boston Bruins mounted a massive comeback (Boston Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders are scuffling. Their second line is AWOL (NYI Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks will actually get a Home Opener! While the governor is in danger of being recalled just months before his term ends, San Jose will play Vegas, IN SAN JOSE in two weeks (San Jose Hockey Now)

Colorado Avalanche Nathan MacKinnon’s injury isn’t thought to be serious — An EXCLUSIVE (Colorado Hockey Now)

And move over Jaromir Jagr. MacKinnon has a breakfast cereal hitting the shelves in Denver (Colorado Hockey Now)