It’s only speculation and not any confirmation of trade talks, but St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo would be very good for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who proved again Wednesday night they (really, really) could use some help. Really. Trade speculation is also putting the Penguins on the list for another interesting name, Jake Muzzin.
Around the rest of the NHL (there are 30 other teams) youth is being served…in Alberta. Calgary and Edmonton are charging the Western Conference like it were San Juan Hill.
First, Elliotte Friedman’s new 31 Thoughts dropped an interesting nugget: Jake Muzzin. On paper, it makes no sense unless the Penguins made additional moves to clear space. But he does have a better puck movement and ability to evade the forecheck than several current Pens defenders (Sportsnet)
The Hockey News concedes Alex Pietrangelo will be an expensive get for any team. They also put the Penguins on the short list of teams (The Hockey News)
For Penguins coverage and analysis–go straight to (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Coaching cha-cha-changes. Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Edmonton have turned to face the change. But it’s not working out for most, but oh boy is it working in Edmonton. A look at all of the changes and the results (Canadian Press via The Star)
Fleury’s making the most of this little delay by fist-bumping fans through the glass 🌸
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 13, 2018
The night the lights when out in Brooklyn–VGK Beats NYI (New York Post)
Shea Weber will someday hang like an albatross around the Montreal Canadiens neck, or they’ll deal the retired Weber to Arizona with a second-round choice, but for now, the big blueliner is restoring order to the dressing room (The Montreal Gazette)
Mats Zuccarello is ready to return from injury…amidst trade talk. And yes, I cannot think of a better forward for the Penguins (NY Post)
When did the NY Post start running multiple hockey stories?!
And the Red Wings want a first rounder for Jimmy Howard…so I guess they’re not really in the playoff chase, then? (Click on Detroit)