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Dan’s Daily: Burke Says Core ‘Under Contract Another Year’; Penguins Problems

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Brian Burke: Photo Courtesy of Calgary Flames

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a thunderbolt day. With training camp just a couple of weeks away and rehab and non-invasive measures unsuccessful, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby underwent his second wrist surgery in two years. Crosby’s absence won’t be long enough to utilize LTIR so that GM Ron Hextall can hit the NHL trade market or free agency. Brian Burke was in Calgary to host his annual ‘Targets for Kids’ trap shooting event and delivered a fun and interesting Q&A.

The Crosby news certainly sparked conversations, fears, and a bit of finger-pointing. There’s a ton of news today, including more on the Evander Kane investigation, Mark Recchi is up for the Flyers Hall of Fame, and a big announcement coming for Vegas Hockey Now.

First–the news: Sidney Crosby had wrist surgery, and Hextall seemed to offer an indirect update on Evgeni Malkin, too. 

Then–the analysis. It all seems different this time. It keeps happening, and it exposes two big Penguins’ problems and ONE big question.

Oh–and our interview with former NHL enforcer Stu Grimson about toughness in hockey and the Pittsburgh Penguins-Tom Wilson problem–“No half measures.”

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: Brian Burke delivered a Q&A in Calgary–Who he thinks would win a barn fight between Marc Bergevin and Tom Dundon, and one curious answer about the Penguins core that I’m not sure how to parse–“this group is under contract for another year.”

Boston: Uh oh–Patrice Bergeron said he won’t sign a contract until next summer. It seems crazy, but in successive offseasons, Boston Bruins stalwarts have hit free agency…and left. Could Bergeron go, too?

San Jose: The Evander Kane investigation has stalled as investigators can’t reach Anna Kane, who made allegations that Evander Kane gambled on his own hockey games. 

NYI: Zach Parise hit the ice for the first time in his New York Islanders gear. 

Philly: There are six finalists for the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame, including Pittsburgh Penguins Ring of Honor member Mark Recchi. 

Washington: There was a lot of smoke and some fire after last season. National reporters in unison said the Capitals were done with Kuznetoz, but he’s still there. What should the Washington Capitals plans be for Evgeny Kuznetsov?

Detroit: Glass half full or half empty–There only are five teams with longer odds to make the playoffs than the Detroit Red Wings, but there are actually five teams with longer odds–here’s the oddsmaker’s breakdown. 

Colorado: The Colorado Avalanche announced their rookie camp details and signed Artem Anisimov to a PTO.

Vancouver: Young goaltender had highlights in his first real season as a starter. Where does he rank among the starting goalies in the Pacific Division?

Florida: The Florida Panthers continue signing college athletes to their NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) programs. Now, they’ve signed all female athletes at Florida Atlantic University.  

Vegas: BIG announcement coming today at 1 p.m. We finally got it right for Vegas Hockey Now. You’re going to love the Golden Knights coverage going forward. 

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Frank
Frank
2 months ago

Ah . . . good ol’ “Burkie.” Master of the interview . .. that camouflages the fact he is about to do nothing . .. except sit for another interview.

Ken Colligan
Ken Colligan
2 months ago

He is just buying time. Shortly after he was hired he said big decisions would have to made at the end of the year. Becoming pretty obvious that ownership has put the cuffs on. Those are some very large personalities in Pens management. Truculence could be coming. Just not on the ice.

Katz
Katz (@paul)
2 months ago

My thoughts on the mistake to not move Malkin when the iron was hot have only been reinforced by 3 First Round exits and now this surgery. Not throwing shade on Malkin simply stating that my comments are not 20-20 hindsight but were expressed at the time and consistently since. Almost all the Penguin problems and they are now significant , were and are a result of unforced errors and not a result of organic aging of stars. It seems perhaps Mario learned his lesson and won’t make the same mistake twice. Although the Penguins will get very little if… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Katz
Ken Colligan
Ken Colligan
2 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Completely agree. Although, afraid they have not learned their lesson.

Edgar
Edgar (@edgar)
2 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I love Malkin. Always have. And completely agree they should have traded him and Letang for futures 2 years ago. But, they made their decision that these guys can retire as Penguins and wouldn’t be moved. I’m kinda OK with that as well. Just let’s me not worry whether they’ll be any good or not. They’ll have an inflated record in the regular season due to the obvious OT and SO advantages they have. Then, when they remove the 3v3 and SO, they will be seriously exposed. Like every year for the past 3.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Trading Malkin 3 years ago would have only started the losing seasons and rebuilding earlier. Sid would have wanted leave not long after Malkin because why would he want to play for a team that had ZERO chance of winning? I agree with a lot of what you say about management mistakes, bad trades, etc. But trading Malkin, never. They made the right decision to keep the core together. Some of the other signings and trades they made are what is putting this team under duress right now.

Donny
Donny
2 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I can’t believe such a shitty team won the division last year.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Donny

If you want to see a really shitty team, go back and watch some penguins games from 2001-2003

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