Business is picking up. After a slow hockey news weekend, the last couple of days have brought some fun stories lines and a little heat to the trade watch, including the Pittsburgh Penguins. The daily links column was meant to be a daily reading of hockey stories–call it a syllabus–but for now, it’s almost a recap of trade speculation and reporting. The Penguins, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues figure prominently today.
Elliotte Friedman discussed the Anaheim Ducks on Fan 960 in Calgary. The Ducks dealt zippy Andrew Cogliano to Dallas for heavier Devon Shore. But Anaheim may not be done. In fact, Friedman brought up Jakob Siflverberg and the Penguins recent interest in him (Nichols on Hockey)
Last night, James Murphy in Boston noticed the Boston seating chart. It was apparently the St. Louis Blues office holiday-party.
I realize #STLBlues play here Thursday but they have 2 scouts, VP of Hockey Op’s Dave Taylor, Asst GM and Dir of Amateur Scouting Billy Armstrong and GM of San Antonio Rampage & Pro Scout Kevin McDonald here at #NHLBruins vs #GoHabsGo 👀 pic.twitter.com/RBrWPSFayY
— MurphysLaw74 (@MurphysLaw74) January 15, 2019
You may also notice the Penguins scout in attendance. Dave Taylor has visited the Penguins press box on multiple occasions this season, too.
An interesting note, St. Louis has stacked a few wins recently and has closed to within just three points of a playoff spot (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
With all of the talent on the Blues roster, that has to scare a few teams and may well give St. Louis pause on any deal which doesn’t immediately make them better. For all of the heat and all of the ink, it would be something is St. Louis makes a run and doesn’t make the big trades which have captivated most of us.
The Washington Capitals won’t be aggressive in this year’s trade market. GM Brian MacClellan likes his team. He’ll only consider straight up hockey trades (Washington Post)
It also sounds like the Oilers are aggressively hunting for forward help. However, the Edmonton media put the boots to GM Peter Chiarelli yesterday. This column includes the real TSN report about the Oilers aggressive activity with some scathing commentary (Edmonton Journal)
They Athletic looks at the key moves the Flames could make to solidify their new-found contender status (The Athletic)
And in case you missed it, our Penguins trade market analysis included more on Derick Brassard (Pittsburg Hockey Now)
And Justin Schultz is skating in full gear (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)