The Pittsburgh Penguins brass filled the viewing overlook on Thursday at the UPMC Lemieux Complex. They all wanted a good look at their prospect pipeline. PHN got a good look, too, with video and Day 1 impressions of those who would like to be next in line. Nathan MacKinnon feels his monster payday is close with the Colorado Avalanche. Hockey Canada might be in trouble with a third sexual assault. Referee Tim Peel opened the vault on his firing and NHL officiating. And we’re just getting warmed up, as the Calgary Flames may have signaled more things to come on the NHL trade market.
Jake Virtanen has a few teams to choose from as he mounts an NHL comeback after missing a couple of seasons due to sexual assault charges (of which he was found not guilty). The Montreal Canadiens prospects shined in Buffalo, and … damn, it’s good to be back at the rink.
We’ve also got some viral content, too. Alex Goligoski “threw” out the first pitch via slapshot.
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PHN+: The Penguins served a little appetizer before training camp with the prospects camp, which began on Thursday. First impressions, notes, and video to see the new Nathan Legare, get a look at Jack St. Ivany, and more.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Why the Penguins? Dave Molinari had a chat with Jack St. Ivany.
SN+: Mitch Trubisky, communication, and struggles. Why did the Steelers offense stink in Week 1? Steelers answers.
Steelers Now: Full injury updates, and it’s good Steelers news.
PBN+: The young Pirates have caught the eyes of division leaders. It’s a faint ray of sunshine in a miserable second half. The kids are up, and they’re playing pretty well. John Perrotto has the skinny on the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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NHL News & National Hockey Now:
Calgary Hockey Now: The Flames signed Michael Stone to a PTO. Is it a reward for loyalty or a sign of the activity on the NHL trade market?
Editor’s Note: We initially listed the Mark Stone, instead of Michael.
Colorado Hockey Now: Show him the money. Nathan MacKinnon is about to become the highest-paid player in the NHL. He feels his extension and monster payday are on the verge. Colorado Avalanche news.
This stands alone:
I'm so pleased for Kyle Beach, who is transitioning to a new phase in his hockey career.
Kyle will be an assistant coach this season with Trinity Western University's men's team in Langley, B.C.
He's in a good space and I'm so happy for him.@KBeachy12
— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) September 15, 2022
And former official Tim Peel, perhaps the most controversial ref in the NHL, was fired four weeks before retirement after he was caught on a hot mic saying there would be a make-up call coming. He opened the vault on Twitter with a Q&A free for all. His Twitter thread starts here. There are some good Qs.
I’m ready to talk. Ask me anything about what happened to me!
— Tim Peel (@TimCPeel20) September 15, 2022
Sportsnet: More trouble for Hockey Canada is brewing. They were alerted to a possible third sexual assault on their watch.
The other shoes have not yet dropped on the 2018 and 2003 scandals.
Washington: Reports out of Edmonton indicate that Jake Virtanen has a few choices, including the Washington Capitals.
Montreal Hockey Now: Marc Dumont is in Buffalo (where I’m headed later today) for the prospects challenge. The Canadiens brought their big guns, including Juraj Slafkovsky, and they dominated the deep Sabres prospect pool. Take a look at some of the highlights and full story for the Montreal Canadiens.
Boston: Brad Marchand won’t be available for the start of the season. He might be ready by Thanksgiving for the Boston Bruins.
Philly: Some former Ron Hextall picks in the mix. The Flyers will be an interesting story, good, bad, and ugly all season. Here are the five prospects to watch at prospects camp for the Philadelphia Flyers.
NYI Hockey Now: Matthew Barzal offered his thoughts on Barry Trotz and where the Islanders go from here.