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Dan’s Daily: Waiting for Laine Trade; Penguins Agitator

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Pittsburgh Penguins trade talk, Patrik Laine

It appears the wild $1.2 billion record-setting NHL free agency frenzy has ground to a halt, and the Canadian lake house season is set to begin, meaning the news is about to slow to a trickle. The Pittsburgh Penguins development camp is getting into more battle drills, and the Penguins have an agitator that you’re going to love. Elsewhere in the Daily, the Columbus Blue Jackets are still waiting for clearance to put Patrik Laine on the trade block, Macklin Celebrini signed his entry-level contract, and NHL.com projects the Four Nations Face-Off Team USA roster.

All right, I got my barbeque on Sunday. Matt’s Happy Cow in Tionesta was still open when I leaned into the turns through the sunny hills of Forest County. Unfortunately, the signatures on the wall where I signed a few years ago (everyone signs the wall) were fading, so I had to retrace my name. When I saw the faded autograph beside mine–the woman I was dating at the time—it made me laugh out loud.

Quick story and why my life would be a Netflix comedy. Back then, we completed the weekend motorcycle ride from Clarion and Tionesta, but it was at least 95 degrees and humid. We were miserable for the entire two-hour ride home, apparently so much so that she angrily broke up with me in that fully frustrated-with-the-world tone after I dropped her off. I’ve been dumped for many a reason, but never before was it weather-induced. Matt at the BBQ shack laughed along with me as I recounted the story and the role of his BBQ. Anyway–here’s Matt’s Sunday special: The Piggy Mac. Shredded BBQ pork covered in mac-n-cheese with a healthy drizzle of sauce. The judges give it a 9.5.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: He’s a feature on a player who could be part of the Penguins’ future. Owen Pickering, the Penguins’ 2022 first-round pick, admitted his first foray into professional hockey didn’t go as well, but he’s also–get this–20 pounds heavier now. The top defenseman prospect is getting ready to turn pro, and he’s definitely put in the work to be part of the Penguins defense.

Poor Tristan Broz. He and his University of Denver teammates won the NCAA championship, and the Penguins were waiting to snatch him up–Broz got less than two days to celebrate his victory. He, too, gained a lot of weight in the last 18 months. Also at camp, there are a lot of connections, including two sons of an NHL head coach at Penguins camp.

PHN+: This is the kid you’re going to love. He already knows how to work the room and play to the crowd. He also loves to agitate and drive his opponents mad. Yep, the Penguins drafted a true agitator who can score. His name is Tanner Howe.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Aroldis Chapman blew the save Sunday, and the Pirates lost. At least the Pirates have upgraded to mediocre? However, the good news Sunday, the MLB All-Star Game roster will include Brian Reynolds AND Paul Skenes.

Steelers Now: Pro athletes work hard. The best work even harder. However, Justin Fields is turning heads with his offseason regime. Here’s what the Steelers QB is up to.

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now

The Athletic ($): Aaron Portzline, who blessedly is still with us due to a kidney transplant, reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets are ready to trade Patrik Laine but are still waiting for Laine to be cleared by the doctors in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. Here’s the latest.

NHL.com: Zero Penguins, at least for now. The folks at NHL.com tried to project who Bill Guerin and Mike Sullivan will select for Team USA in the Four Nations Face-Off tournament in February.

Detroit Hockey Now: There was plenty of talk at the 2023 NHL Draft that the Penguins could draft Nate Danielson at No. 14. However, Detroit picked up a few picks ahead, so the Penguins got Brayden Yager. Here’s the update on Danielson and how soon he could be in the Red Wings lineup.

Montreal Hockey Now: The envy of many teams. As Penguins president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas tries to amass draft picks and prospects, this is what a healthy farm system looks like–the Montreal Canadiens.

Nashville Hockey Now: There was no time to dwell on the hurt of leaving Tampa Bay. Steve Stamkos is in Nashville now, and everyone is taking note that there might be something special going on with the Nashville Predators.

Philly Hockey Now: And finally, the cross-state rivals began their rebuild in earnest last season and somehow almost made the playoffs. Should have made the playoffs. After their development camp through the weekend, here are the Flyers’ prospects rankings.

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Eri
Eri
6 days ago

The photo of Graves and who I believe to be Laine was a nice touch. Taking into account each player’s past season, a hockey trade would make sense for PIT & CBJ. I would say at this point Graves is the lower risk candidate. Laine’s M-NTC and the short list of teams with cap space will limit trade partners; the return for CBJ will be on the lower side. GM Waddell stated he did not want to RS on a Laine trade, but if Dubas attached a lower tiered prospect, I wonder if Waddell would retain 50% ? It would… Read more »

Ujn Hunter
Ujn Hunter
5 days ago
Reply to  Eri

Do it.

JoJo
JoJo
5 days ago

“Morgan” Celebrini lol

and the last thing this team need is throw assets away to get Laine

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
5 days ago
Reply to  JoJo

Correct, unless Dubas trades players off of the current roster, it’s not going to happen. Pretty sure that draft picks and prospects are off limits.

Eri
Eri
4 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

That makes sense given Laine’s situation. If Graves is sent to CBJ, who could the other roster player be? Initial thought was Rakell, but that would cost CBJ at least a higher pick and would leave a hole on Malkin’s wing, unless that is the new program to gradually move Malkin over and have one of the umpteen centers take 2C. This would fit with moving on from longer term contracts and allow Dubas more cap freedom in coming years. I suppose another scenario would be to include a center such as Acciari, along with Graves, maybe Nieto too, even… Read more »

Rich81
Rich81
5 days ago

I feel another team is in a position to make a better offer than the Pens. Cap space and viable players instead of moving LT contracts is gonna be the hindering factor. Unless Waddle loves someone here, although wouldn’t that have happened in the Jake deal? Laine is a talent that GMs will take a chance on. Hard for me to see a Graves or someone else would be the best offer for them to move forward. Hope I am wrong. Worth the Risk.

Last edited 5 days ago by Rich81
BrianX
BrianX
5 days ago

Jarry and Graves for Laine and Merzlikins. 25% RS on Laine.