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Dan’s Daily: MacKinnon Wants Crosby Drunk at Cup Party, Crosby Tied to Avs Cup

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Jack Johnosn, Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup

The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions. Maligned former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson hoisted the Stanley Cup as part of the Avalanche victory. And there were several Sidney Crosby ties to the Avalanche win, including Nathan MacKinnon’s hotel room number. Mackinnon also wants Crosby to be the drunkest guy at the Stanley Cup party in Cole Harbour. The list of Hall of Fame eligible players has some sure things and a backlog of snubs. And should any Penguins player beyond Crosby be untouchable?

Not going to lie, it was fun to watch the Cup presentation. There were some people who made sport of tearing down Jack Johnson in Pittsburgh. It was as ugly as it was exaggerated. He got to lift the Cup on Sunday night. He was an asset to the Avalanche defense. Jack was a tough interview here in Pittsburgh. When the crowd would gather, he would lean back and could be a little dismissive. I always understood. He didn’t know who was coming at him. I think I established fairness and got a couple of scoops. I was happy to see him get that Cup.

Take nothing away from the Tampa Bay Lightning, they won two Stanley Cups. Neither should carry an asterisk. An extremely infection virus dominated our world for two years, and they overcame unique challenges that no other Cup team will ever have to face. Different not less than the Penguins’ Cups.

Sidney Crosby is tied to the Avalanche Cup in a few ways:

First, MacKinnon has been speaking with Crosby between games.

Crosby and Johnson are buddies back to their brawling baseball days at St. Mary Shattuck.

MacKinnon drew optimism from his Tampa Bay hotel room, #1787, “It seemed like fate.”  –Yep, he sounds as crazy as Sid.

And this delicious nugget. Drink up, Sid:

Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, Pirates

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: We are 17 days and counting to the start of the free-agent frenzy. We’re 10 days from what could be a wild NHL draft. So, besides Sidney Crosby, are any Pittsburgh Penguins untouchable?

Dave Molinari has a fun piece coming this morning. It was suggested by a reader, Logan. What happened to all of those draft picks the Penguins have traded, going back to spending a first-rounder for Marian Hossa? Check back at 11 a.m.

SteelersNow.com: Alex Highsmith — with training camp a month away — got hitched this weekend. Pittsburgh Steelers news.

PHN will officially take over the Steelers and Pirates coverage on July 1. Do me a favor, besides The Athletic, tell me your favorite Steelers coverage. It’s an awkward media space; lots of team-affiliated coverage, a couple of big blogs that steal everyone’s work but spit it out faster, and a couple of newspapers. Tell me–who are the trusted peeps in print? I’d like to know the type and location of the content you read.

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Colorado Hockey Now: Stanley Cup Champs!

Terry Frei, who has covered the Avalanche for a long time, writes–this is THE best Colorado Avalanche team.

Adrian Dater has his observations, thoughts, and exclamations! Avalanche win.

Vancouver Hockey Now: The Hockey Hall of Fame could have a big Canucks flavor. Sedin twins. Roberto Luongo. Vancouver Canucks coverage.

Boston: The Bruins extended GM Don Sweeney, finally. Boston Bruins news.

Detroit Hockey Now: ESPN picked a crowded date to drop the documentary about the bloody rivalry between the Red Wings and Avalanche in the 1990s. Adrian Dater wrote a book about it. For those of you who weren’t around, it was a rivalry unlike anything in the modern era. It was tougher than the 1980s Battle of Alberta. The two best teams in hockey, over the course of a handful of years, each won Stanley Cups. It was a war. Detroit Red Wings film.

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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.

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Fredrick
Fredrick
1 month ago

Shouldn’t the rumors be MacKinnon to Pittsburgh next season if we don’t resign Malkin this season?

Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  Fredrick

He still has one more year on his present contract, so unless they trade him to us no. Now MacKinnon in 23-24…. Aves have to play in the same cap space as Pens so they can’t keep all these guys.

Natan
Natan
1 month ago
Reply to  Fredrick

That is not going to happen.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Fredrick

No, the rumor should be Crosby to Colorado like I said here months ago. Why would McKinnon leave a proven championship team with an elite general manager to play with a bunch of geezers here? Can you imagine McKinnon, Crosby and Makar with the same team? (Think: Messier, Gretzky and Coffey or Bucyk, Esposito and Orr.) Yowza!

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Kristen Ross
Kristen Ross
1 month ago

I have great respect for the work of Ray Fittipaldo (Steelers) and Jason Mackey (Pirates)!

Dean
Dean
1 month ago

I am happy for JJ and the Avs who paid JJ what he was worth. Good for both. Was there people who went to far one side or the other with JJ in Pittsburgh. Absolutely! Those who failed to recognize his gross over payment in Pittsburgh share in the responsibility for what happened to JJ. Some people stirred the pot for personal gain by somehow trying to justify the contract. Most on both sides lost site of the person.

Unfortunately, very common in our society. Controversy sells.

Natan
Natan
1 month ago

Can’t blame JJ for taking the money he was offered.

Dean
Dean
1 month ago
Reply to  Natan

not sure anyone did.

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago
Reply to  Dean

Lots did. That’s why they ran him out of town. Two things puzzled me. GMJR gave him a vote of confidence then within a few days bought him out. Wonder who pushed him to, and I was surprised when he came to PGH next year and was certain he didn’t get the usual ex-player video board tribute. I hope so was wrong and somehow missed it.

Wasnt
1 month ago

That big smile on JJ face was priceless, good for him.
Wish I could be in Coal Harbour getting liquored up with Mac, Jack and Sid, I bet that will be a hoot

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

The rest of the story: MacKinnon’s room number for Game 6 in Tampa ended in 87. (Cue Twilight Zone theme here.) That’s when he knew this series was o-vah.

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Wasnt
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Paul don’t forget about 1787 room number….17 was the last year Sid won the Cup……time for Chilly Billy Cardilly…..anyone remember him??

charmaine dawso
charmaine dawso
1 month ago

looking forward to all the new coverage. i subscribed to another site but when Dave Molinari left and joined PHN, i left them as well….i liked their coverage but it seems they’ve allowed their great talent to leave…..I do read The Athletic for Josh Yohe, Rob Rossi and Mark Kaboly and also the Post Gazette for Matt Vensel and Mike Defabo, and Jeff Hartman, BTSC. I am a Pittsburgher living in Michigan and these are the places i go to to read all about my teams.

charmaine dawso
charmaine dawso
1 month ago

oops……i read Chris Carter from the previous site i subscribed to and glad to be able to read him here…

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
1 month ago

Who are the Steelers and Pirates? I don’t care about either of them.

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago

That was fun watching last night. The relationship between Sid and Nate is special. As to JJ, I respect your comments, he WAS maligned by the “fans” here in Pittsburgh. It started as soon as we signed him and certain writers had a click driven agenda to trash hi daily. I only wish Sid and some of his teammates would have had his back a little more. He really was not as terrible as they made him out to be. Happy for him.

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Too bad, glad to hear this.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago

I use PHN, DKPS and the Athletic

charmaine dawso
charmaine dawso
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

i did subscribe to DKPS since the very beginning……they have had great writers, who for whatever reason, left and now he has “kids” as his sportswriters….that’s why i have ended my subscription..

Alan Smith
1 month ago

Loved watching him skate! Need 50 more like him flying around in the offensive zones! NHL lacks offensive excitement! I wish the AV’s and Pens played for the Cup! Tampa is good but not a true time winner!

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

I agree Dan. It was so nice to see that big smile on Jack Johnson’s face as he skated the cup!

Tom P.
Tom P.
1 month ago

Seeing Crosby inebriated would really be something to see. But Mackinnon comment is a reason I was pulling for Colorado. MacKinnon winninga Cup is the next best thing to Crosby winning a Cup.

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