The Pittsburgh Penguins dished a couple of small contracts Friday, and a team source fully debunked a Tristan Jarry rumor. The Hockery Diversity Alliance and Evander Kane had a messy parting. The Philadelphia Flyers kicked Tony DeAngelo to the curb, the Alex Galchenyuk arrest got much worse as details emerged, and Stanley Cup-winning coach Bruce Cassidy disagreed with the narrative of his Bruins termination.
I’m unsure if my two-day “vacation” will end today or if I’ll find another small town to hole up and write. I discovered that Groucho Marx took the bus from New York to stay here during his heyday in the 1930s. I’m a big Marx Brothers fan (if you’ve never seen 1933’s Duck Soup, it is the brilliant culmination of their Vaudeville routines and biting political satire with Groucho’s razor wit).
Also, my friends know me too well.
To the hockey…
Inside sources refuted the rumors that engulfed goalie Tristan Jarry.
Jonathan Gruden signed a two-way deal, and the Penguins inked third-round pick Emil Pieniniemi.
From the USFL back to the NFL, a former Steelers WR bounced back.
His ranking and reputation are falling. Can Najee Harris crack the efficiency code?
Fans at PNC Park were not so happy, and they let the team (and Austin Hedges) know it. The team unraveled in the seventh inning and lost to the Giants. The Pittsburgh Pirates quickie recap.
John Perrotto wrote a well-timed piece. The five reasons to watch the Pirates in the second half.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
AP: The Galchenyuk situation worsened Friday as details from his arrest and confrontation with police emerged. Here’s the full story.
For the record, I know it’s interesting. It’s salacious. But I do hate printing or linking personal stories.
Yahoo: Evander Kane separated from the HDA. Then the HDA put out a statement essentially saying Kane hasn’t been a member in two years.
Boston Hockey Now: Vegas Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy is now a Stanley Cup winner. He was with the organization at various levels for 14 years, and the split seemed a bit acrimonious. However, Cassidy disagrees with the narrative over his 2022 split from the Boston Bruins.
Chicago Hockey Now: Jonathan Toews remains unsigned and may not want to play again. Patrick Kane probably won’t sign anywhere until well into the next NHL season. The former dynamic duo is a reminder of how time flies. The Chicago Blackhawks’ past.
Vegas Hockey Now: Foul mood Friday. Three things that could go wrong next season for the Vegas Golden Knights.