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Pittsburgh Penguins trade, Zach Kassian

VEGAS — It’s in the New York Islanders DNA. They are the NHL’s scrappy, never-quit team that finds ways to win. Even their Stanley Cup teams had an element of scrappy. The Boston Bruins are learning that, too, in a series now tied at two. The Colorado Avalanche called a big team meeting in Las Vegas. And we have some Pittsburgh Penguins trade speculation that actually makes sense.

It seems PHN set off a good Evgeni Malkin debate, but as usual, I think too many folks missed the crucial, essential second layer to the argument. It sure isn’t as easy as “trade Malkin for a younger version!”

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: In the much-debated, much-commented column, we established Malkin’s place in the Pittsburgh Penguins org. Everyone has to pay the piper, including the org, Malkin, and fans. 

Vegas Hockey Now: I was a busy boy yesterday. I’m also covering the Vegas-Colorado Round Two series, and one thing has become abundantly clear. This is the Vegas Golden Knights’ series to win…or lose. 

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I know you want the trade speculation first. The Edmonton Journal floated a player we’ve long included as someone who would fit if the Penguins go for “size” or toughness.

Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have needs after a quick playoff exit. One player who could be on the move? Zack Kassian and Oilers Insider Bob Stauffer believes a Penguins trade is possible. 

Kassian has had some big playoff performances. He’s also a guy who is a fierce physical player with good skates. He’s the type of player who could make Mike Sullivan and Brian Burke happy.

To the NHL playoffs!

NYI: The Islanders got the better of the Boston Bruins in Game 4. This Islanders team just finds a way. They were beaten soundly by the Pittsburgh Penguins and got a little lucky with the Penguins goaltending, but now they are tied with the big bad Bruins. The Islanders won, 4-1. Was this their best game of the postseason? 

Boston: From the Boston side. The Bruins blue line wasn’t so hot in Game 4. 

Bruce Cassidy had a few interesting comments following Game 4. One of them was to flatly call out the officials, “We haven’t gotten many calls.”

The Islanders have perfected their craft.

Colorado: Vegas has boat raced the Avalanche in the last two games. They’ve been outshot 74-32 in the last five regulation periods but managed to win Game 2. They had a lead in Game 3, too. But something has to change, or they are in deeeeeepppp trouble. 

Sportsnet: The Hurricanes’ lack of discipline cost them bigly. Tampa Bay has the Storm Surge on the edge of dissipating after a WILD second period in which each team scored four goals. That’s the first time in over a decade that’s happened. Tampa Bay scored two more for a 6-4 win and 3-1 series lead. 

NHL.com: The Lady Byng finalists were announced. Still my least favorite award… Auston Matthews may get some hardware…

London Free Press: 16-year-old goalie Taya Currie was drafted by the Sarnia Sting. So? She is the first female to be drafted into the OHL.  

Currie is only 5-foot-7, so hopefully, she grows another six inches, and we can see her get some real playing time.

NHL.com: Minnesota Wild first-round pick Marco Rossi was hit hard by COVID in January. He skated for the first time this weekend. 

Detroit: Coverage of the World Championships–the Detroit Red Wings have a kid who looks to be ready to make an impact in the NHL–remember the name for next season: Moritz Seider of Germany. He’s showing pretty well.

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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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Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
4 months ago

Kassian would be a perfect fit for the Pens. This guy is rugged and he can skate. Put together an offer they would like.

Bachinga
Bachinga
4 months ago

He can skate?

Since when?

Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
4 months ago

I think they will be in same situation next year ok in regular season and a playoff dud if they even get there

Motto
Motto
4 months ago

“Big Bad Bruins”? Can we please stop using these dumb monikers that don’t apply anymore? They’re the smallest team in the league. There’s nothing big and bad about the Bruins, and there hasn’t been since the 70’s. The Bruins success the last ten years is mostly from great team defense and goaltending.

Dean
Dean
4 months ago

As a whole, I would rather see the Pens play in free agency. Assuming they lose McCann in the expansion draft and they can move Pettersson and Zucker.

I would go after Hyman, Wennberg, and Oleksiak (yes Oleksiak) in free agency. Plus sign Ceci.

The only trade I would make is one for Quick. Pettersson + DeSmith (add ZAR if needed) for Quick with LA retaining 50% of cap hit.

Trade Zucker for a pick or prospect

Everyone should start a set Riikola free campaign. Take what they can get for him and give the kid a chance to play..

Dave Davies
Dave Davies
4 months ago
Reply to  Dean

You make some decent points, but Riikola is an 8th defenseman in the NHL, at best. The reason he hasn’t moved on to another team and more playing time is that he’s not good enough. If he was good enough to play in the league then he would be. This narrative that Mike Sullivan is somehow holding him down and not allowing him to play is BS. It’s something that the fanbase has created out of thin air with absolutely zero evidence to prove it besides Riikola not playing. He is incredibly mistake prone which is why Ruhwedel plays ahead… Read more »

Eric
Eric
4 months ago
Reply to  Dave Davies

Zero evidence? And your point is backed up by factual evidence?

Bachinga
Bachinga
4 months ago
Reply to  Dean

O
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Cal
Cal
4 months ago

Hell ya get Kassian if the price is right, I’ve always liked his style of play. The team missed the boat on Sam Bennett when he was cheap as some of us “experts” thought he was ineffective. Oleksiak would be great, he can play. I would still like to see if they can get get Tryamkin from Vancouver if he decides to leave the KHL. He is a larger version of Zadorov. 6″8 265lbs and loves to hit. On the cheap, Hakanpaa on the right side might help. If they could find a way to get Max Jones out of… Read more »

Eric
Eric
4 months ago
Reply to  Cal

Blake Coleman please.

Bachinga
Bachinga
4 months ago
Reply to  Cal

The answer to any question that the Penguins may have is not “Sam Bennett”…

Last edited 4 months ago by Bachinga
Mik
Mik
4 months ago

We need players in their 20’s please!

Bachinga
Bachinga
4 months ago

The answer to any question that the Penguins may have is not Zack Kassian…

Hatrick Pornqvist
Hatrick Pornqvist
4 months ago

I love the idea of adding size but I would prefer we start on the blue line and make that the top priority. If we going to be acquiring a player via trade, I’d rather we not spend whatever we spend on three years of 30 year old Kassian. If we are to ship out a good player, make it a forward for D in return type of move. Our blue line is just not capable of handling a big forecheck or patrolling our crease. They just aren’t. Pettersson, Matheson, and Marino can’t do any of these things effectively. We… Read more »

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
4 months ago

I’d love Kassian’s toughness, but 3.2M/year for the next 3 years is too much and too long for a player turning 31 whose best days are in the rear view mirror.

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