Today is the first day of Pittsburgh Penguins development camp, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now will be all over it. There are several prospects I want to put some eyes on. In the meantime, the Penguins may have something brewing on the NHL trade front, and scouts loved their first-round pick. Not everyone is thrilled with Marc-Andre Fleury re-signing with the Minnesota Wild. Filip Forsberg is sticking in Nashville, but Ondrej Palat my bolt Tampa Bay.
See what I did there? Palat. Bolt. Tampa. Anyway…
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: In addition to Owen Pickering, there will be some interesting names with a little to prove at “rookie” camp today. I did this analysis a couple of weeks ago before everyone was paying attention. Here are the players to watch this week. Pittsburgh Penguins development camp.
Now, the pressing Penguins matter…
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: In not-for-attribution conversations, other teams brought up the Penguins’ pick, Owen Pickering, as a great job in the first round. Also — Ron Hextall and Montreal Canadiens GM Kent Hughes had some long conversations on the draft floor. We add a new name to the Penguins trade rumors.
On the heels of Hextall saying he had some balls in the air, the conversations were noteworthy.
NHL Rumors, News & National Hockey Now
Colorado Hockey Now: Scratch one off the Penguins’ fan board — Adrian Dater reports Valeri Nichushkin is close to a new deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
TwinCities.com: Minnesota re-signed Marc-Andre Fleury to a two-year deal. However, Cam Talbot’s agent paid a visit to Bill Guerin at the draft and dropped a cryptic tweet. Guerin shot back, “He can say whatever the hell he wants.” Not everyone is happy that Fleury is in Minnesota?
Nashville: The Predators and Filip Forsberg will stick together for another eight years and $68 million.
Boston Hockey Now: David Pastrnak and the Bruins are beginning talks to keep him in Boston for the rest of his natural-born life. Or just his career. Big extension talks are underway. Here’s the latest on the Boston Bruins.
Philly Hockey Now: The question may be impossible to answer, but it had to be asked. Philly media asked Tony DeAngelo about past suspensions for racist, homophobic or abusive comments. “I’m not a racist at all,” DeAngelo said. Here’s the full presser and analysis after the big Philadelphia Flyers trade.
Washington: Take one off the goalie market. It seems Braden Holtby may end his career this summer. His lower-body injury suffered with the Dallas Stars in March is severe enough that it is likely over. Respect to Holtby. He was the missing piece. Washington Capitals news.
NYI: There’s lots of handwringing in New York over dealing the 13th pick to Montreal for Alexander Romanov. Our Stefen Rosner writes, hey, it’s not an overpay if Romanov works out. New York Islanders analysis.
Detroit: Steve Yzerman wanted to get more done at the NHL Draft. Detroit Red Wings disappointment.
Tell you what — Yzerman is building a rock-solid foundation in Detroit. It might be a while longer before it blooms, but he’s doing it well.
Vegas: Ok, out with the black. In with the gold? All signs point to the gold jerseys being the new home sweaters for the Vegas Golden Knights.