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Dan’s Daily: Penguins Position Battles, Arizona Lowers Chychrun Trade Ask?

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Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL trade, Jakob Chychrun, Bryan Rust

There is but one star remaining in the NHL trade rumors, and the Arizona Coyotes may be ready to offer a discount from the Ferrari-like sticker price on Jakob Chychrun. The TSN Insiders dove into that possibility. Minnesota could put Matt Dumba back on the trade block. In the craziest story today, the Toronto Maple Leafs are experimenting with Mitch Marner on defense. And the Pittsburgh Penguins roster battles are taking a clear shape.

A quick site update, too. The new platform and app are still coming. Still. Though now it feels like the Big Dig or the Never Ending Story. A couple of our sites are using it, but we’re not so happy with it yet. So, the developers are back to work. I’ve demanded timelines and deadlines (and got long explanations. For those who know me personally, you probably know my short response). This really should have been done months ago. I apologize for the delays (and delays and delays). Eventually, you will have singular log-in and subscription access to ALL of our sites. And an app tailored to your wants.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The roster battles are coming to the final week. Whose stock is up and whose is down? And why is Radim Zohorna way, way up? Here’s the full accounting of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jeff Carter resumed skating. Teddy Blueger was out. Sam Poulin practiced with the big boys, and Owen Pickering had his first practice. Full Penguins practice report.

Shelly Anderson grilled Bryan Rust. Ok, she had a pleasant chat, but grilled sounds dramatic, right? The benefit of being Mr. Versatility for Bryan Rust.

For the record, I swallowed hard and asked Mike Sullivan about being ranked 26th most attractive NHL coach. After a pause, “At least I’m not last,” he said.

Steelers Now:

  • Listen to the fans? Yeah, no. As Alan Saunders writes, Mike Tomlin hears the noise, but only Mike Tomlin will make the decisions for the Steelers offense.
  • Steelers injury updates.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now

  • For gosh sake, there are six games to go — Bring Up Endy Rodriguez!
  • Get all the prospects participating in the Arizona Fall League in the latest Pirates Prospects Watch.

NHL Trade, News & National Hockey Now

TSN: Jakob Chychrun has been on the NHL trade block for months. He wants out. Are the Arizona Coyotes finally softening on their asking price?

Sportsnet: Ok, this is either genius or going to be a complete dud that gets mocked for years. Maple Leafs high-scoring forward Mitch Marner switching to defense?

The Athletic: Bill Guerin will be cap-strapped next summer, again. Michael Russo again puts Matt Dumba on the NHL trade market.

Florida Hockey Now: Yep, it’s happening. As fans have suggested — there will be individual goal songs for the Florida Panthers.

I’m trying to think of what mine would be. Maybe the old-school Undertaker theme with the gongs? Maybe Baba O’Reilly (fast-forwarded to the first Townsend windmill?) Yeah, I stink at this.

Montreal: Martin St. Louis is getting pretty good at this coaching thing. Despite almost zero experience, he’s got a handle on the Montreal Canadiens.

Vegas Hockey Now: Here’s a story I KNOW you will enjoy. How far has each member of the VGK progressed in the playoffs? I think Owen Krepps just wanted an excuse to use the Phil Kessel hot dog photo. Have a read about the Vegas Golden Knights.

Calgary Hockey Now: Perhaps it is no surprise. Michael Stone is again thriving on a PTO with the Calgary Flames.

Metro Division

Philly: Carter Hart is hurt. But the Flyers have a pair of young Swedish goalies looking quite nice in net. Interesting, hmm? Philadelphia Flyers camp.

Washington: The Capitals appear to have found their second-line center. They had a mix of prospects and hopefuls vying for the gig. As Sammi Silber notes, the Washington Capitals have a winner…

NYI: “I love Zach,” Mathew Barzal said this summer. The Islanders are trying to build something around Barzal, and he’s found chemistry with Zach Parise. More from the New York Islanders camp.

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Justin
Justin
2 months ago

Who tf is Jeff Chychrun?

Pens_Fan_75
Pens_Fan_75
2 months ago
Reply to  Justin

Former Penguins defenseman in the 1990’s. He is also Jakob’s dad.

Alan Smith
1 month ago

Like the updates! Don’t`really care about the other Metro team make-ups but the short on going status of the teams makes for good reads! Thanks from NC! Pen fan for 50 years!