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Dan’s Daily: Tom Wilson KO’s Brendan Smith, Senators Owner Melnyk Passes Away



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The Pittsburgh Penguins had an off day on Monday, which allowed us to re-examine the roller coaster ride the Penguins have been on, from getting tossed in a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers to destroying the Detroit Red Wings 11-2. Washington Capitals hammer Tom Wilson nearly knocked out an opponent, but the Capitals lost. The Montreal Canadiens want to keep Marty St. Louis as a coach, and Phil Kessel is now second on the iron man list.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk passed away on Monday night at the age of 62. Pittsburgh Hockey Now and the Hockey Now family would like to extend our sympathies to the Ottawa Senators and Melnyk families. Sportsnet put together a tribute to the oft controversial owner, who was passionate about his team.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: If you missed it, head coach Mike Sullivan took on for the team and addressed the Russia – Evgeni Malkin situation.

PHN+: Bryan Rust is supercharging whichever line he plays. Rickard Rakell is coming along nicely, too. Here’s what we’ve learned over the past week about the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL News & National Hockey Now

TSN video: The boys at TSN couldn’t help themselves. Even though we’re a week past the NHL trade deadline, they’re already talking about it. This summer, the Toronto Maple Leafs will likely trade one of the big 4. It’s been an impressive turnaround by the Montreal Canadiens. New Canadiens GM Kent Hughes wants to keep his interim coach Martin St. Louis permanently. It’s been a Canadiens revival.

A little Metro flavor…

Washington Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins fell a little further behind the Carolina Hurricanes in the Metro division because Carolina pasted the Capitals on Monday night. The Capitals lost, but Tom Wilson nearly KO’d Brendan Smith in the third. Washington Capitals recap.

NYI Hockey Now: Oh depth, and depth scoring, where have you gone? The season from hell, and the New York Islanders have hit the skids.

Wanna know a secret many in hockey are afraid to speak? Lou Lamoriello made too many mistakes last summer. He chose comfortable players from his past instead of better players from the present.

Philly Hockey Now: The 2022 NHL Draft watch is on in Philly. A European might be tops on the Philadelphia Flyers wishlist.

Detroit: Day 2 of Bob Duff taking the Red Wings to the woodshed after their embarrassing meltdown against the Penguins. Bob is working stiff and not pulling punches. They piled wins against the weak and infirm but stink against the alpha males. Detroit Red Wings analysis.

Vegas: Some fun work from Owen Krepps. Only five players in NHL history have won a Stanley Cup with the team that selected them in the expansion draft. Sorry, Pat Falloon. Here are those five players, unless the Vegas Golden Knights hurry up and win a Stanley Cup.