The Pittsburgh Penguins are returning to their identity, and Dave Molinari wondered if an old friend could make a return, too. The St. Louis Blues are pulling back on the NHL trade rumors that surrounded defenseman Colton Parayko. ESPN looked at the summer signings that will dominate the 2024 NHL trade deadline, while the Calgary Flames have a pending decision with Elias Lindholm that could further purge the team of talent.
What a short summer! Is anyone else wondering where it went? There were changes in latitude and changes in attitude over my mini-summer. I took off for a weekend last month just to try and recall the whole year. All of the faces and all of the places, wonderin’ where they all disappeared…
Happy Labor Day.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Get all the stories that PHN puts out throughout the week — Every Sunday, it’s Dave Molinari’s Penguins Wrap.
What do you think? Dave surprised me with this column — The Pittsburgh Penguins welcome back Phil Kessel?
It’s a new era and a new approach to the Steelers practice squad.
The black and gold have been paper thin for a few years. That is changing, too. The coaches and players are impressed with the Steelers’ depth in the trenches.
George Pickens is flashing superstar potential, “It’s 90-10.” for the top Steelers wide receiver.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
What are they doing? John Perrotto poked at the Pirates, trying to make sense of the Miguel Andujar promotion. Is the Pirates prospect worthy?
The Buccos couldn’t get it done Sunday. Johan Oviedo is sometimes great and sometimes wild. Sunday was the wild version, and the Pirates lost 6-4 to St. Louis. Get the quickie Pirates recap.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Detroit Hockey Now: In reverence to Jimmy Buffett, the Red Wings once had feuding goalies separated by “Jimmy Buffer.” The cool story you’ll want to read from the Detroit Red Wings locker room.
ESPN+: Short contracts were in vogue this summer. Greg Wyshinski lined up the one-year deals that will dominate the NHL trade deadline.
TSN: Former GM Brad Treliving was burned by Johnny Gaudreau, who bolted Calgary via free agency, and Calgary got nothing in return. So, Treliving traded Matthew Tkachuk before the same happened. What will new Calgary GM Craig Conroy do with Elias Lindholm, whose contract is expiring?
The Athletic $: A few days ago, Jeremy Rutherford put Colton Parayko under the microscope
Philly Hockey Now: I can set my watch by the weird people who rush to defend and praise Vlad Putin. The KHL thumbed its nose at the IIHF, which awarded Ivan Fedotov to the Flyers. Not only did Russia keep Fedotov, but the KHL president was defiant regarding the Flyers prospect.
Florida Hockey Now: Goodbye Florida Live Arena. There’s a new name for the Florida Panthers arena.
Colorado Hockey Now: The 2022 Stanley Cup champs want to get back to the top of the hockey mountain, but they have some looming issues. The five questions that must be answered by the Colorado Avalanche.