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Dan’s Daily: Did Tampa Bay Cheat the Cap? Brind’Amour to Seattle?

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TAMPA, FL - MARCH 10: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) takes a shot during the second period of an NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 10, 2018, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)

While Pittsburgh Hockey Now has recently praised Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall for his measured approach, we must confess it does make for a much less exciting offseason. The Penguins trade for Kasperi Kapanen had already happened by this point last offseason, and there were rumblings and tumblings of more. I suppose we’ll have to make do with extrapolating what’s to come, the NHL playoffs, Seattle rumors, and our Round Three betting guide.

I have an increasing gut feeling, there will be a significant trade in the Penguins future, but we’re not there yet. Such things usually start to send murmurs through the rumor mill, and as you’ve seen with the PHN “Off the Record” (OTR) columns, our network has a pretty good beat on hockey murmurs. Nothing yet.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: There is one BIG commonality amongst the four remaining teams in the NHL playoffs. Big being the keyword. It’s a trait the Pittsburgh Penguins front office must address. 

Want to have a little more fun with the NHL playoffs? Whatever you want to call it, here is the PHN NHL Semi-Final, Final Four, or Round Three betting guide, free bets, and predictions. 

NHL Playoffs & National Hockey Now Network

NYI: Three things the Islanders can do, MUST do, to beat  Tampa Bay, this time.

Say this for the Islanders–there is no fear or shortage of swagger. They got past the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins in six games each. Fourth line banger Matt Martin said he expected the Islanders would make it this far, and this time he wants “to finish the job.”

NY Post: Did Tampa Bay cheat the salary cap with Nikita Kucherov and perhaps Steve Stamkos? Carolina Hurricanes D-man Dougie Hamilton sure thinks so (and so does PHN). What did Tampa Bay GM Julien BriseBois and the Islanders have to say…

The NHL cleared Tampa of holding Kucherov back. Here’s the counterpoint–they cleared Tampa because the Kucherov’s return was within acceptable and normal time frames for the injury. That doesn’t account for a player being ready early, as it seems Kucherov was. By holding him out, Tampa Bay could spend to the cap at the trade deadline… Acquiring David Savard was the prize. That’s a pretty good prize.

The rule needs to change. Immediately following the season. Imagine an NFL team blowing past the cap just because it’s the playoffs.

Sportsnet: The Montreal Canadiens are within shouting distance of the Stanley Cup, and GM Marc Bergevin looks invigorated. 

Bergevin looks like a Jeff Lebowski and Santa Claus had a love child, complete with a red suit. But that’s like my opinion, man. Ho ho ho.

Seattle Times: Now–this is something PHN’s OTR reported about a month ago. Hockey folks have known it was possible despite public posturing. Yes, Rod Brind’Amour and the Carolina Hurricanes could part ways. And Ron Francis in Seattle is waiting with open arms. 

Colorado Hockey Now: The heartbreak is real. The sour taste is like curdled milk on stale Captain Crunch (peanut butter, of course). Leftover thoughts from the Avalanche’s wasted season. 

Boston: David Krejci really doesn’t know. He just doesn’t know what his future holds or if he’ll be back with the Boston Bruins. 

San Jose: It’s Free Agent talk! The San Jose Sharks need middle-six centers. Which ones on the free-agent market fit, and who will they target? 

Detroit: Maybe it’s time for Detroit to take a European vacation–Stop with the Euro-free agents who are gambles at best. 

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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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Katz
Katz
1 month ago

Cheat the Cap? Or smart management? The rules will be changed but I applaud Tampa. Pittsburgh should ask Malkin to waive his NTC just for the Kracken draft. Given his surgery and contract he’s very unlikely to be selected by Francis. Who knows when Malkin will be ready and at what performance level? And in the rare event Francis takes Malkin with an agreement to extend its a win – win for Malkin. Won’t happen because of PR and BS but it would be a Tampa type move. The only issue I see is Malkin’s agent might agree for a… Read more »

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

Dead horse, meet Katz.

Iwasiam
Iwasiam
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

I hear what your saying but don’t you usually start off with ” I said two years ago Pens should of traded Geno”???

Donny
Donny
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

“I’m from Missouri… Show Me!”

Katz
Katz
1 month ago
Reply to  Donny

Yes I said this things back last SEPTEMBER. And continued. Unfortunately I was proven correct. All so predictable and frustrating. I’ve been there from Bob Woytowich’s Polish Army to Harry the Whale till now. I was at Mario’s first home game where he actually fought 5’5″ Gary Lupal. I was there for Wayne Gretzky’s first trip to Pittsburgh when Edmonton beat up the entire Penguin team in a 20 minute brawl started by Kim Clackson. I’ve seen the great and not so great. Lots of stories some personal.
This was so predictable.

Last edited 1 month ago by Katz
Alan Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

Oh Boy a fight! Throw their butts out for the rest of the game and next! Fights are stupid! NBA, NFL, MLB fight? Dah! They never finish the fight, punch helmets and face masks! Stupid, stupid, stupid!

John
John
1 month ago

Dan-I was wondering: How have the Penguins avoided the trap the past dominant and talented Cup teams B’Hawks, Devils, Kings, and Red Wings have fallen into? 15 straight playoffs and in a rugged NHL North division. It seems Tampa Bay did a good job of using the rules in their favor regarding the Salary Cap. The NHL closely monitored Tampa Bay’s situation. It also doesn’t hurt the Lightning are Cup Champions and likely to capture a 2nd straight. Now that Colorado has been knocked out by Vegas.

John
John
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Sorry, I meant NHL East Division.

Alan Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  John

You mean the Virus Cup Champions right?

Jim
Jim
1 month ago

This is BS $15 million over the Cap Kuchiebob most likely could have returned during the season LTIR should include playoffs/the rest of a teams season. But the NHL won’t do crap about it.

Peguin Fan
Peguin Fan
1 month ago

Is this what passes for writing in Pittsburgh?

Last edited 1 month ago by Peguin Fan
Uros
Uros
1 month ago

Well they might have cheated the cap, but can they get past the Isles? They lost the first one without dominating like the Pens did. Sure, Vasilevskiy let in a softie, but they only scored in a 6 on 4 situation near the end. In 2004 Greece won the European championship in soccer in a similar fashion. I never thought it would be possible to play that way in hockey, but Trotz has proven me wrong. Once he got over the Pens hump he has proven that Caps should’ve thought twice before letting him go. I do not like the… Read more »

Alan Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Uros

Defensive hockey stinks! Entertainment value is zero! No rushes, no power play entries, no passing, no nothing! Tampa and the Isles stunk and the announcers are no improvement over the retired Doc! Telling us every players name on every pass and defensive play stinks! Insight would be better, compliments would be better, but pass by pass announcing makes me turn the volume off! NHL playoff hockey stinks!

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