My browser had a dozen windows open today as we decided between the serious and fun, the important and the interesting. The Pittsburgh Penguins apparently loaned a player to Minnesota for the night, there are four GMs to watch, TSN’s Bob McKenzie shined a spotlight on the Edmonton Oilers tire fire and the Mighty Ducks reunited.
We’ll start with the Mighty Ducks movie reunion. I don’t get it. The Flying-V is clearly offside. In 25 years, I’ve never seen the movie and won’t! Offside! It won’t take a video challenge initiated by Penguins guru Andy Saucier to know the puck has to enter the zone first. But the old gang reunited…because some people can enjoy a simple movie without holding a 25-year grudge (The Score)
Bob McKenzie of TSN did a radio hit yesterday. He may not have intended to forecast a fallen sky in Edmonton, but by the time he was done, it sounded like the franchise should fold. Woof! Nightmare scenario up there. (Nichols on Hockey)
The Oilers put Ty Rattie and Ryan Spooner on waivers yesterday. They’re still over the salary cap if they activate defenseman Andrej Sekera. Yikes.
The Washington Capitals delayed practice by 30 minutes yesterday. They had a closed-door meeting. Washington is struggling to get their mojo back (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
Penguins fans can relate, eh?
Don’t sleep on the Islanders! The Caps are on a losing streak while the New York Islanders have won 15 of their last 18, including five in a row (Newsday)
The Carolina Hurricanes dealt for Nino Niederetter Sunday, then signed Teuvo Teravainen to a five-year deal on Monday. Carolina has pieces. Putting them together has been the challenge. More on Teuvo’s deal (NHL.com)
And Sportsnet dives deep looking at the four GMs to watch as the trade deadline approaches. The good, the bad, the ugly and the really ugly (Sportsnet)
Look closely at the Minnesota Wild defensemen. ?!
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) January 21, 2019
And a note about the trade market–the New York Rangers are heavily scouting the Colorado Avalanche. The NYR director of scouting took a peak and the Rangers checked out Colorado’s AHL affiliate over last two days.