It is always kind of fun to watch the hockey stories on Aug. 7. as the hockey world celebrates Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and the No. 87 numerology. We did so as Dave Molinari looked at what other superstars have done in their 35th year. Scouts are beginning to drool over the 2023 NHL Draft class. ESPN ranked the best under-the-radar UFA signings, and Larry Brooks reports that Nazem Kadri wants a salary starting with a nine.
The Kadri rumors are fun. So is the Pittsburgh Steelers QB battle in Latrobe. It’s starting to get good.
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Pittsburgh Sports Now: It’s a milestone year because we humans like 5s and 10s. Crosby turned 35 on Sunday, and Dave looked at what the other greats have done in their 35th year — what if Sidney Crosby acts his age?
Penguins Two Truths and Lie? Can they get under the salary cap without a trade? What about making the playoffs? Pittsburgh Penguins.
Steelers Now: Kenny Pickett said he “felt a lot better” in Week 2. The BMOC also began to rip it up in the second week of camp. Pittsburgh Steelers camp.
SN+: Nick Farabaugh, who has spent the entire camp in Latrobe, looks at the winners and losers of Week 2 — Steelers analysis.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Three Pirates farm teams reached double digits on the scoreboard on Sunday. An offensive explosion for the Pirates prospects.
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NY Post: The must-read Larry Brooks reports that Nazem Kadri wants a salary that “begins with a 9.” The Kadri situation is interesting because a few prominent people believe it’s a done deal with the Islanders. NY Post.
NYI Hockey Now: Stefen Rosner is one of those who have been told Kadri and the Islanders are at the finish line, but nothing is finished until the contract is signed and submitted. The Islanders will have to lose J-G Pageau. Does that make the New York Islanders stronger?
Sportsnet: After the Hlinka Cup, the 2023 NHL Draft class is looking pretty, pretty good.
ESPN: Ranking the best under-the-radar 2022 UFA signings.
Florida: How long before Sasha Barkov owns every record of the Florida Panthers?
Calgary Hockey Now: Wouldn’t this be interesting — after a summer of high-profile departures and one big-time contract, could Jonathan Huberdeau become the next captain of the Calgary Flames?
And since it’s impossible to report Instagram stories, I’ll simply tell you — P.O Joseph was one of the high-profile players involved in televised charity games over the weekend in Montreal. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ young defenseman is part of the in-crowd up there, and you don’t get there without the talent on the ice. You can follow him here.