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Dan’s Daily: Penguins RFA Choices; Maple Leafs Brace for Changes

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Jack St. Ivany (left), Ryan Shea (right).

The Pittsburgh Penguins face a few coming decisions on their restricted free agents with arbitration rights, and not every decision will be easy. The Carolina Hurricanes finally cracked the New York Rangers and figured out how to lead at the end of the game. The Colorado Avalanche are in a bit of trouble as the Dallas Stars are squeezing the offense right out of them. The New Jersey Devils might chum the NHL trade chatter with their 10th overall pick, and Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan is considering major changes this summer.

I did not write on Saturday. I don’t know how it happened, other than Dave Molinari did a nice job with a couple of stories, and I wasn’t needed. So I went to PNC Park as a fan to watch Paul Skenes pitch and the Pittsburgh Pirates turn into Little Leaguers.

I didn’t stick out the long rain delay, but if the rain wasn’t enough reason for me to leave, watching a team walk in five runs in one inning was. They came back to win, but that team is just such a mess I have a hard time enjoying a ballgame.

Thank God for Manny’s loaded mac and cheese, which might be one of the best values in the city. Always get the onion straws. Dinner costs less than a beer.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Sidney Crosby took a pass, and Mike Sullivan took some heat. This is the weekly look at the Penguins, what you missed, and what you need to know—the Penguins Wrap.

The restricted free agents with arbitration aren’t a lengthy or franchise-defining list, but there are real decisions with the Penguins RFAs.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: He’s going to be a good one. The breakdown of the first Paul Skenes start.

Skenes’s first pitch was 101mph. Imagine stepping into the box and seeing that as a first pitch. Watch as Skenes fanned the first two batters of his career. Skenes highlights.

Steelers Now: Alan Saunders broke the news. Cam Heyward wants to stick around for a few more years and is talking contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Yes, I nearly blew a gasket when another writer on the beat simply rewrote Alan’s story to siphon clicks. Seriously, do your own work.

NHL Trade Talk, News, and National Hockey Now

NHL.com: Jake Guentzel didn’t fill the net in Game 4, but this time, the Carolina Hurricanes got the clutch goal and staved off elimination with a 4-3 win.

Carolina has been the better group of skaters. Until Game 4, Shesterkin was committing robbery.

Colorado Hockey Now: Oh boy. Dallas leads the Avalanche 2-1, and they’re strangling the offense out of the series. Each goal feels like a soccer goal–a cause for celebration. The rapid reaction from Dallas, it was a missed opportunity, and the Colorado Avalanche are in trouble.

Philly Hockey Now: The weird situation with Flyers goalie Ivan Fedotov concluded yesterday. The IIHF threw down a hefty ban on Fedotov for not honoring his Flyers contract, his KHL team, and the Russian Hockey Federation. There’s a good bit more to this story, too. Here’s the Flyers news.

New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils have the 10th overall pick, but they also have some roster needs that could be solved by trading that pick. James Nichols lays out the Devils’ trade board.

Sportsnet: Oh, the NHL trade rumors are already churning. Here’s why Brendan Shanahan will consider major changes to the Maple Leafs this summer.

Florida Hockey Now: Did Sam Bennett punch Brad Marchand? One coach says no, and one says yep, and there’s a history. Marchand is day to day. It’s just part of an awesome series between the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers.

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Pete
Pete
6 days ago

Marchand is a cheap shot punk. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.