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Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall finally spoke on Monday, but we’re still unsure of Kris Letang’s or Evgeni Malkin’s fate. Nazem Kadri showed one way to silence the ugliness and stupidity of “fans” who made racist threats. The Colorado Avalanche center netted a hat trick Monday night in Colorado’s decisive Game 4 win. The Florida Panthers denied that players partied at a strip club until the wee hours of Monday morning before Game 4, but the boys will have plenty of time to explore gentlemen’s establishments as the Tampa Bay Lightning forcefully swept them.

Jason Botterill and Kevin Weekes are still vying for the Sharks GM gig, and how do you stop Connor McDavid?

Hextall’s press conference was interesting, even if the news was subtle.

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Hextall did seem optimistic that several prospects could be ready to challenge for jobs in camp. Valterri Puustinen was the first name off the top of his head on a list that included Sam Poulin and Kasper Bjorkqvist twice. I’m not sure I agreed with Hextall, but here’s where the GM is at with the roster construction.

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Colorado Hockey Now: A game for the ages. Nazem Kadri was harassed and received racist threats after his collision injured St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington in Game 3. Kadri played out of his skates on Monday night. A hat trick. The Colorado Avalanche are one win away from the WCF.

Calgary: Milan Lucic was given a major and tossed after he plowed Edmonton goalie Mike Smith in the third period of Calgary’s lopsided Game 3 loss. The NHL chose no supplementary discipline. Milan Lucic walks.

And the NHL wonders why they have these issues and fans are irate?

Calgary: McDavid has burned through Calgary like Mario Lemieux toying with an expansion club. He’s on another planet, but Calgary vows to go back to their roots to stop him. Calgary Flames are in trouble.

Florida: Watch the postgame reactions and fallout from being swept. The party is over. The Tampa Bay Lightning flexed their muscles. A fluky goal decided Game 4 and ended the Florida Panthers’ season.

Philly: Claude Giroux’s season is OVER. –Fin– Done. Let the speculation begin. Will he return to the Philadelphia Flyers?

Sportsnet: Mark Giordano signed a paltry two-year contract worth only 800k per year with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto even agreed to pay him more, but he called back to take less?! What the hell is Giordano thinking?

Detroit Hockey Now: Roll call–what is the future for super rookie Lucas Raymond?

San Jose: Kevin Weekes and Jason Botterill are still in the mix for the San Jose Sharks GM gig.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Ujn Hunter
6 months ago

“And the NHL wonders why they have these issues and fans are irate?” This makes it sound like you haven’t watched either of these plays? In the Kadri goalie crash he was trying to go for a puck with a wide open net and his skates were pointed AWAY from the goalie. Unfortunately the defender had inside shoulder position and drove him into his own goalie. In the Lucic goalie crash, the goalie was out of his net playing a puck that Lucic was going after, and Lucic even pulled up and tried to STOP while even trying to hold… Read more »

Ujn Hunter
6 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Lucic could have killed Smith if he was trying to board him. He would have put him through the boards and into the first row. Watch the “play” again. If you’re trying to run a goalie, you’re going to run a goalie. You’re getting called for the play either way and if you’re trying to take the goalie out of the game you aren’t going to try and minimize the impact, it makes no sense. You could maybe argue that Lucic being the Neanderthal you think he is doesn’t have the brains to “make sense”, but… I disagree.

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
6 months ago

Gio wants a cup.