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Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby. NHL trade chatter.

Jaromir Jagr made his season debut and, of course, scored a couple of points. Dave Molinari suggested the hockey world wake up and put some bum named Sidney Crosby in the Hart Trophy conversation. The NHL Board of Governors meeting in Florida is investigating a potential $4 million salary cap spike next season. Nashville dropped a surprising name on the waiver wire, the Washington Capitals are gearing up, and are the Calgary Flames still looking at Josh Anderson on the NHL trade market?

I know Penguins fans look at Anderson and are trying to figure out ways to make a trade work. That’s not gonna happen. I was also piqued by Nashville waiving Eeli Tolvanen until I looked up his salary: $1.45 million. That made it impossible, though part of me is curious if a team like the Penguins with underperforming veterans could figure out a swap.

The Penguins have won five in a row, but I’m beginning to look at them in the bigger context. How do they compare against the best in the East and West?

Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: MVP! MVP! Dave Molinari writes — hockey may take Sidney Crosby for granted, but what he is doing this season is worthy of the Hart Trophy. The case for Sidney Crosby.

Circumstances pressed former Pittsburgh Penguins winger and eventual Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr into playing on Sunday. His Czech team was depleted by illness. He only played 15 minutes and scored two assists — at age 50. Only two points? He’s slipping.

Steelers Now:

  • Something broke. What went wrong on the play that concussed Kenny Pickett?
  • Mitch Trubisky admitted mistakes. His three interceptions helped crush the Steelers.
  • There was plenty of blame, but Hunter Homistek writes this is the main reason the Steelers lost.

NHL Trade Rumors, News & National Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: Imagine if teams get an extra $4 million in cap space next season. The NHL trade deadline will be explosive. Here’s the latest from the BoG meetings.

Montreal Hockey Now: The NHL trade chatter around three Canadiens is increasing. The latest trade rumblings around the Montreal Canadiens.

Detroit Hockey Now: The Red Wings are keeping pace with the Penguins. It’s pretty impressive compared to their epically bad season. After 27 games and in a playoff battle, those Detroit Red Wings are holding their own.

TSN: Nashville surprised a few people by putting 23-year-old Eeli Tolvanen on waivers Sunday.

Calgary Hockey Now: This is going to be a BATTLE. Next season, the Edmonton Oilers will again host the Heritage Classic. An outdoor game is cool, but it will also be a Battle of Alberta — A slobberknocker against the Calgary Flames.

For the hardest hardcore hockey fans, make the trip. I adored Edmonton. Friendly people. Restaurants. If you sit at the bar, you’re part of the crew. And they LOVE hockey. Fly into Calgary for cheap, drive up to Edmonton (hotel prices are peanuts), and have a ball.

Dallas Hockey Now: Stars radio guy and DHN columnist Bruce Levine has some ideas. He writes–Abolish the shootout! His latest Dallas Stars opinion.

I hate the shootouts, but I think they’ve changed the game for the better. Kids work on them and work on their skills because of them. Without the shootouts, would the NHL be undergoing the closest thing to an offensive revolution since the 1980s? Check out Bruce’s column and weigh in, too.

LAHockeyNow: Austin Stanovich writes the Kings have gone soft. The bruising Cup teams are gone, and now … they need some of that jam back. LA Kings commentary.

Metro:

Philly Hockey Now: A career night for Morgan Frost, who has been up and down like a toilet seat (Tort’s words, not mine), but Penguins fans will enjoy this — The Philadelphia Flyers lose again.

Washington: The Capitals are starting to feel it. They’re just one point out of a wild card after they beat the Winnipeg Jets for their fourth straight win. Here come the Washington Capitals.

NYI: Blue line stalwart Adam Pelech’s injury status is cloudy. What does that mean, and can the New York Islanders replace him?

And as a bonus, I laughed at this video ALL weekend. Wait for the indignant walk-off…

 

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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.