The Pittsburgh Penguins training camp, complete with so many positional battles, is off to an oddly quiet start. The organization put some mandates on Tristan Jarry. Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov doubled down on his criticism of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Also in the Daily, the fallout is growing over Steve Stamkos’s unhappiness, NHL trade rumors are about to pick up around Devon Toews and Mikael Backlund, why Tyler Bertuzzi bailed on Boston, and the Washington Capitals’ new coach is not wasting time.
I’ll post the link to the story below, but Nikita Zadorov deserves immense respect. He spoke out Thursday and didn’t back down on Friday, admitting he won’t be able to return to Russia. Would you give up your homeland, hoping that your words affected positive change?
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Shelly Anderson hit the Penguins locker room like only she can and discovered a little tidbit. The Penguins management issued a mandate to outfit Tristan Jarry.
There were a few players involved in the Erik Karlsson trade. Dave Molinari talked to… the other one in the Penguins trade.
I had to skip Mike Sullivan’s daily presser on Friday to attend a business meeting, but I think I’ve got a hook for Sullivan today. We’ll see if I can get the fish to bite.
A big change is coming this week to the Steelers run game.
Good news for the black and gold. The Week 4 Steelers injury update.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
Who’s going to play the important Fall Ball? The updated Pirates prospect watch.
Hey, that’s win No. 73 for the Buccos. They bombed away in Cincy and held on late. The quickie Pirates recap.
Here’s a fun story: How are the Pirates trade deadline deals looking?
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
CBC: Respect to Zadorov for speaking up against the Russian invasion while fully understanding the consequences.
Sportsnet: Stamkos mad. Backlund and maybe Toews will be on the trade block. The latest news and NHL trade rumors.
Boston Hockey Now: Bruins GM Don Sweeney paid up for Tyler Bertuzzi at the NHL trade deadline, but Bertuzzi didn’t re-sign in Boston. Many fans hold it against Sweeney, but Jimmy Murphy reveals the reasons Tyler Bertuzzi didn’t ink with the Boston Bruins.
Detroit Hockey Now: The more stories you hear, the more insane he sounds. Former Red Wings defensemen told their stories and took their shots at the sociopathic behavior of former coach Mike Babcock.
Washington Hockey Now: New coach Spencer Carberry is impacting the Washington Capitals immediately.
Philly Hockey Now: John Tortorella knows how to work the media to get his message out there. Torts is calling the Philadelphia Flyers camp the land of opportunity.