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Pittsburgh Penguins, Evgeni Malkin. NHL trade talk and free agents

The Pittsburgh Penguins have publicly stated they want to get younger, and this week, the president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas also privately told the Penguins’ prospects that not only was the door open for them, but the organization wants them to make an impact. NHL stars are leaving their emotionally connected teams, and the biggest names could bolt next summer. The Detroit Red Wings refused to name the star player they chased via free agency, while the New York Islanders have a choice to scrounge the current list of availables on the NHL trade block or wait until the treasure trove of free agents next summer.

Oh, and the Florida Panthers had to give up the Stanley Cup for a few days while the Anaheim Ducks are dealing with the fallout of making big offers to free agents that were snubbed.

Have the heat wave and rain trapped anyone else? I’d love to know about your favorite roadside BBQ spots. I’m feeling quite the itch to get out and explore the mountains of the north and south and find a heaping pile of brisket or shredded beef—but nothing close by!

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Look around the NHL. It’s a cautionary tale for the Penguins and captain Sidney Crosby. Franchise stalwarts are leaving or could leave. And the kids arrived, including a few who have gained a lot of weight. It’s all in the Penguins notebook.

Saturday was the first day of the Prospects Development camp. Goalie prospect Sergei Murashov was present, arriving from Russia. Jason Spezza updated Murashov’s cloudy future. Brayden Yager said Dubas spoke to the prospects and said the team wants some of them to make an impact beginning this week. The door is open for the Penguins prospects.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: There are a half dozen Buccos stories. From the 5-2 loss last night to the David Bednar update and John Perrotto’s column on Paul Skenes. Check out the home page for all of the Pittsburgh Pirates stories.

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now

Detroit Hockey Now: Steven Stamkos signed with the Nashville Predators, but it surely seems like a Penguins rival made a big run at him, too. Steve Yzerman talked about the fish that got away, and it seems like he was talking about Stamkos and how close the Detroit Red Wings came.

Buffalo Hockey Now: I thought the Sabres way overpaid when they sent Brayden Yager’s Moose Jaw teammate, Matthew Savoie (the 2022 ninth overall pick), to Edmonton for Ryan McLeod. Buffalo fans seem to like the deal. Our Jason Moser put the trade under the microscope. Buffalo got their defensive rock, but they gave up an offensively gifted player. Was it a good Sabres trade?

The Athletic ($): The Anaheim Ducks threw big money at free agents, but none bit. The big players snubbed Anaheim, which had to go to Plan B and Plan C. It’s a rough deal for GM Pat Verbeek and a problem for a team trying to rebuild.

NYI Hockey Now: The Islanders added Anthony Duclair via free agency, but they haven’t gone big. Is there time? Is there enough talent available for the Islanders to take a big step this season, or should they hold their chips and dive into the wealth of talent that could be available next season? The New York Islanders conundrum.

New Jersey Hockey Now: GM Tom Fitzgerald held a pretty candid press conference. New Jersey relied too much on youth last season, so they might overcook the next wave of prospects in the AHL, forcing them to wait. And their top six will be different next season. There are interesting differences between the Penguins’ approach and the New Jersey Devils.

Florida Hockey Now: The Stanley Cup is taking a breather. Before the boys get their day with the silver chalice, the NHL is going to take away the cup for a few days and fix it up. It’s a new tradition for the Florida Panthers.

Sportsnet: Movers, shakers, and the falls in the post-free agency power rankings. Not only did Sportsnet drop the Penguins, they dropped them a LONG way down. It was essentially a choke slam, but it’s hard to argue with the ranks.

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Doug Ukish
Doug Ukish
6 days ago
Doug Ukish
Doug Ukish
6 days ago

Re: BBQ:
Tail of the Pup, Maywood NY.
Between Saranac Lake & Lake Placid. Pickled Pig in Lake Placid.
Been there twice in past year. Great ride/riding.

Doug Ukish
Doug Ukish
6 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

For sure. Nice 2 day ride, 1st day to Finger Lakes.
From there, just great riding North & N East.
Week trip. You’ve earned it.
Before training camp! Preferably after school starts.

Doug Ukish
Doug Ukish
6 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

And that was a typo, Raybrook NY

RJ
RJ
6 days ago

29th, wow! If that happens, I think the fans wanting the Pens to tear it down to the studs would get their wish.

Steve
Steve
6 days ago
Reply to  RJ

If we tore it down, at least it would be fun for us discussing what to do. This iteration of the team is just brutal!

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
6 days ago

They must believe that Dubois will make an impact in Washington. If he doesn’t they are screwed. Their cap situation is tight with Oshie and Backstrom on LTIR for the whole year.

Joseph Gaerttner
Joseph Gaerttner
6 days ago

If you’re feeling adventurous during the next Pens West Coast swing …off of US395 in Big Pine, CA…also near the White Mountains and the oldest tree on Earth apparently, the Methuselah Tree. https://www.coppertopbbq.com/

Nathan
Nathan
6 days ago

Ranked 29th out of 32? Yeah, I would argue with that. I’d put them in the upper teens right now.