BUFFALO — It was not the most fun I have ever had covering a hockey game or even a prospects game. The Pittsburgh Penguins prospects did not fare well against their Boston Bruins counterparts Friday afternoon. Last year, Nathan Legare goaded the entire Bruins team into attempted murder. We have full coverage from Buffalo. The NHL trade market hasn’t moved much since the big Erik Karlsson deal, and a near-perfect match between the Bruins and Calgary Flames is fizzling. Montreal is getting excited about their prospects but still have a goalie to trade, the NHLPA provided the NHL with an update on their investigation into Mike Babcock’s phone-gate, and Sidney Crosby admitted last season’s inconsistency really pissed him off.
Thank you for the Buffalo food tips!
It became a must-have after an astute reader tipped me off to a beef on weck sandwich. I couldn’t get to Charlie’s before it closed, but the Anchor Bar has a special: Wings and Weck. It’s five hot wings and a beef on weck sandwich. I lathered that sammich up with some pungent horseradish, and…DAMN! It was so good that I disliked Buffalo a bit less.
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NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Boston Hockey Now: It seems a perfect match. The Calgary Flames have what the Bruins need, but there’s a holdup, and the potential Bruins trade is fizzling.
Sportsnet: The NHLPA gave a non-update update, but they did deliver some findings on Mike Babcock’s phone-gate to the league office. Here’s the latest.
Is there more than we’ve heard? That would have been the right time to clear Babcock, but the NHLPA did not.
Montreal Hockey Now: There is a bit more chatter on the NHL trade market about the Montreal Canadiens goalies, including Casey DeSmith.
Buffalo Hockey Now: Whoops. It seems the Ottawa Senators splashing the cash on Jake Sanderson may have put a crimp in Rasmus Dahlin’s contract talks for the Buffalo Sabres.
Vegas Hockey Now: And without a hockey home, Phil Kessel is skating with the Vegas Golden Knights.