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Dan’s Daily Links: Krug on the Market? Will Sharks Regret Karlsson?



Torey Krug
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It seems Torey Krug has had one foot on the trade block for two years. Is this the year the Boston Bruins finally make a final decision on his future with the big, bad Bruins? 30-year-old Erik Karlsson got a massive payday and presumably will know the way to San Jose but will San Jose regret the splash? Jacob Trouba was dealt to the New York Rangers, not the Pittsburgh Penguins.

First, the Karlsson skinny. Will San Jose kick themselves in five years? (Sportsnet)

Two expensive offensive defensemen near 30-years-old. What could go wrong? And we thought the Penguins were getting old in a hurry. San Jose may still sign Joe Pavelski, too (NBC sports)

Unless Silicon Valley can implant chips to make San Jose stars younger, GM Doug Wilson is committing one of the most common sins of GM’ing; he’s spending tomorrow money today. Ask LA how it feels to need to rebuild but be stuck.

Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney would like to keep Torey Krug. That is easier said than done. Sweeney also didn’t rule out a trade (Boston Hockey Now)

Americans are set to dominate the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft. USA! USA! So, I’ll link to a Canadian site which paid enough attention to hockey to write the story (TSN)

Jacob Trouba is now a New York Ranger. Neal Pionk is a nice young defenseman but he’s probably not going to be a No. 1 guy. He’s a bottom pairing defender (New York Post)

Coincidence? Yesterday, we reported the Penguins first-round pick was in play (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

And SHOULD the Penguins put that pick on the table to win now? Here’s our answer (PHN Extra)

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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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Matt Luda
Matt Luda
3 years ago

Not knowing what if any offers have been received, I would keep the pick and draft the York kid if available. But if GMJR can turn the pick (and Kessel?) into an immediate difference-maker, I’d certainly consider it. Not to repeat myself, but I’d like to see a physical force with above average speed to pair with Sid on the first line. He can’t be expected to shoulder such a big load forever.