The Calgary Flames fans were waiting for their jilting lover, Johnny Gaudreau, young stars are done for the season, Rick Tocchet will get a below-market-value contract to coach the Vancouver Canucks, Ron Francis has some pieces for the NHL trade deadline, the Boston Bruins are getting closer to a deal with David Pastrnak, the Pittsburgh Penguins have an important reversal, and a sportsbook pushed an old Sidney Crosby conspiracy theory with some fuzzy facts.
The Penguins have 10 days off beginning next week. I’ve been shopping for cheap getaways, and I just can’t decide. I just got back from Las Vegas (maybe I’ll go back since I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, and I wouldn’t mind returning to Area 51 without suffering a heat stroke). I have no desire to take a real vacation. Perhaps I’ll cover the WBS Penguins for a day or two, but if you have any chill spots with diners and an Italian restaurant to kill a few days (that won’t drain my wallet), I’m listening!
What about Jim Thorpe, PA? That would kill two birds with one stone.
Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: It was a wild week. Like the Thunderbolt without a seat belt. A Jarry laugh and a big gaffe. The Penguins wrap.
PHN+: It’s been a significant reversal that could greatly improve the Penguins. It’s also a circle of life type thing. Hey, take a look. Brian Dumoulin is returning to form.
Steelers Now: No playoff wins since 2016? Alan Saunders writes — Blame the Steelers offense.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Is this the year Mike Burrows makes his Pittsburgh Pirates debut?
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Seattle Times: The Kraken have three second-round picks, salary cap space, and they’re the least talked-about team on the prowl before the NHL trade deadline.
LA Hockey Now: Guess who is showing up at the LA Kings games? The Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion has been scouting Los Angeles, spurring Kings trade chatter.
Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins don’t want to let David Pastrnak walk for nothing, but a contract will be expensive. Sources tell Boston Hockey Now that the two sides are getting close. The Boston Bruins scoop.
Calgary Hockey Now: Johnny Gaudreau bolted Calgary and signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Monday night was the homecoming, and the boos flowed from the Calgary Flames fans.
ESPN: A day after Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield suffered a season-ending injury, Ottawa Senators center Josh Norris is done for the year, too.
Metro Division, Penguins Playoff Chase
NYI Hockey Now: More good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins, more bad news for the Islanders. The Toronto Maple Leafs exposed the New York Islanders 5-2.
Florida Hockey Now: It’s good news, bad news — The New York Rangers cracked the Florida Panthers 6-2.
USA Today: Owen Power scored his first of the season, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Dallas Stars, 3-2. Buffalo keeps charging.
Buffalo is three points back of the Penguins. That’s bad news.
Washington Hockey Now: Updating Alex Ovechkin’s injury and the looming decision with T.J. Oshie. Washington Capitals notebook.
Bodog podcast: If it weren’t an old-school sportsbook that was once the king of the hill, I wouldn’t bother, but it’s out there. The way the story is told, the NHL hid behind a curtain to give Sidney Crosby to the Penguins.
It’s not true. There are actually pictures of the lottery. Literally, there are pictures, but maybe I included the above to bust them.