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Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL trade, Carey Price

The Pittsburgh Penguins released their third jersey on Wednesday, but the team might be in a bit of trouble because they can’t score goals. Early projections have Sidney Crosby centering Team Canada’s top line with familiar linemates. The NHL trade winds are blowing around the Montreal Canadiens, including Carey Price, and Jake DeBrusk might have interest from as many as 12 teams.

No one from Jimmy Murphy to Elliotte Friedman has mentioned any Penguins interest in DeBrusk.

Let’s start with fun stuff.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins’ iconic Gin and Juice jerseys are back. The black sweater with yellow diagonal Pittsburgh will arrive on Dec. 11. 

The Penguins were outclassed against the Edmonton Oilers. Every mistake was in the back of the net, while the Penguins struggled to score and lost 5-2. 

The Penguins report card–free for all–and I didn’t spare any feelings. Kasperi Kapanen was benched. The Penguins can’t score, and I explained why. We called out the Penguins. 

It’s time to worry.

Barstool Sportsbook is offering a promo this week. A $1000 risk-free bet. 

NHL Trade Chatter, News, & National Hockey Now

Philly: Good news for the Penguins? Or bad? Sam Carchidi writes, if the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t going to improve, it’s time to put Claude Giroux and others on the market.

TSN: A rebuild is coming for the Montreal Canadiens, but it’s not yet official. Teams are interested and watching if Montreal will put Carey Price on the NHL trade block. He would join Brendan Gallagher and others as available.

 

Sportsnet: The folks at Sportsnet began constructing Team Canada lines. Crosby with Marchand and Bergeron? We’re gettin’ the band back together. We’re on a mission from God…

Montreal is going to be full of headlines for a while. Daniel Briere is emerging as a GM candidate to watch, too. 

Toronto: You saw McDavid light it up on Wednesday. Auston Matthews was better–he netted a hat trick. Look out–Matthews is charging towards 50 goals. 

Washington: Martin Fehervary is just 22-years-old and enjoying this NHL life. Now he’s the Capitals’ top-pair defenseman and really loving life. 

We had a few bad losses to cover in the National Hockey Now fam.

Vegas: The Golden Knights spotted Anaheim a big lead, and their comeback ran out of time in a 6-5 loss. Goalie Robin Lehner poked his team. 

Colorado: Gabriel Landeskog ripped his team, too. Landeskog said, “we weren’t a good hockey team,” as Colorado lost.

Detroit: Tyler Bertuzzi is in COVID protocol, but Lucas Raymond is tearing it up–Detroit is keeping up with the Penguins in the wild-card race, and they won again.

And some inside dirt from our team of reporters–watch the Boston Bruins. Their coach just entered COVID protocol, their minor league team shut down because of an outbreak, and

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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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Ethan
8 months ago

The Oilers reminded me of the Penguins 10 years or so ago. Now the anemic Guins just move the puck along the boards like a mediocre team with no flare or imagination. Then try to fling 3-4 dozen lame biscuits on net in bulk–but quality chances are lacking and goalies are geared-up like shick-brit-houses these days. Anyone who still thinks Sid is the Kid got a rude wake up call late last night. The Oilers adjusted late in the 2nd and never looked back. Has Sully just been waiting 3 months for Malkin to come back and save that 2nd… Read more »

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
8 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

Changing the lines for a team having trouble scoring goals seems like a logical move. Reward the players who have been scoring and move them up the lineup. Move players down who aren’t doing the right things

Steve
Steve
8 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

I’m glad it’s not just me who thinks this team is ridiculously boring and lacking in real talent. I was begging for the rebuild 2 years ago.

Ethan
8 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Not sure I’d go quite as far with talent part but I get your sentiment and they do tend to play a boring style. Just wish that maybe once or twice in last couple seasons we could have landed a Sam Bennet, or Hyman, or Reinhart, or Duclair–how is it that 3 of those guys were able to end up on the same team???-the team which took one of our most unique and influential players and unloaded a hefty contract to boot. Then we lost Turbo AND McCannon. Ouch!

Cal
Cal
8 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

I was so hoping to land Bennet, especially when it seemed everyone had him rated so low. I wondered if people watched him play or just believed what they read. I thought the team could get over losing McCaan but losing Tanev really hurt.

dale
dale
8 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

Sid has not had a training camp and his timing is showing. He is thinking instead of naturally playing. He may not be the same player but still will be good enough.

Ben hurr
Ben hurr
8 months ago

Corn on the knob

Tom Buretz
Tom Buretz
8 months ago

Ben wanted one more run before he walked away, it’s not totally his fault but the years and surgeries have left him unable to compete at a high level, the same has happened to Crosby. No one wants to admit it or even see it but he cant play the game anymore. Minus 8 and only 2 goals in 11 games and pretty much cant shoot on a nightly basis. Conner and even Ovi by themselves have more production than Sid, Geno, Rust,LeTang and Zucker combined. That’s where the Pens problems start, with the high priced talent.

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
8 months ago
Reply to  Tom Buretz

The only player scoring at their normal rate is Guentzel. Your point is valid

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