Marian Hossa hasn’t played in several years due to a unique allergy and skin reaction that prevents him from wearing hockey equipment. He’ll sign with the Chicago Blackhawks to say goodbye. Ryan Getzlaf will hang ’em up after this season, too. The NHL rumor mill is swirling like the winds on the great prairie as the Winnipeg Jets could be dismantled. Marty St. Louis has revitalized the Montreal Canadiens. His future will be decided this summer. The Washington Capitals are angry. And the Pittsburgh Penguins were served a lesson.
I suppose we’ll start with the Penguins…
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: When the Penguins lose, no one reads the postgame. I mean absolutely no one. So, here’s the postgame chat with me and Paul Zeise on 93-7 the Fan. We started with the game–I explained a few things, and we moved on to how it sets up against the New York Rangers. Pittsburgh Penguins postgame.
PHN+: THIS is why you should subscribe. We broke it all down and why it matters. Colorado deployed a tactic similar to Barry Trotz’s Islanders playoff wins. The Penguins had the same trouble on Tuesday night. For the fans who want to know more. Penguins analysis.
NHL News & National Hockey Now:
Washington: Things aren’t so good in Washington. They’re well back of the Penguins for third place. Even though the playoffs are almost assured, getting bounced quickly isn’t a successful season. Players-only meeting! Washington Capitals news.
Florida: I took some delight in this game. It was fun. The Toronto Maple Leafs led 5-1…and LOST to the Florida Panthers.
Winnipeg Free Press: The vultures are circling. Another lackluster season with high-end talent. Everyone from Mark Schiefele to GM Kevin Cheveldayoff could be on the chopping block. Or the NHL trade block.
TSN: Martin St. Louis has been the breath of fresh air needed for the Montreal Canadiens. Truthfully, it’s been every bit as impressive as Mike Sullivan resuscitating the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015-16. Keep Marty–but they’ll decide this summer.
Montreal Hockey Now: The fighting Habs…Brendan Gallagher is returning from injury and had a few choice words–in public–for Ottawa Senators wunderkind Tim Stützle and diving. Montreal Canadiens news.
The hockey world also needs to decide how to spell Stützle. In the last 24 hours alone, I’ve seen Stutzle, Stützle, and Stuetzle. Help!
Philly: Tonight is a big night to make the AHL playoffs, involving the WBS Penguins and the LV Phantoms. Sam Carchidi has the scoop. LV Phantoms coverage.
Vegas: Mark Stone is skating. That’s a good sign. Robin Lehner deleted his Twitter, that’s a shame. Full Vegas Golden Knights wrap.
NHL.com: Marian Hossa will sign a one-day contract to retire with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Hossa is already in the Hall of Fame…Ummmm?
ESPN: Ryan Getzlaf will retire at the end of the season. It’s been a hell of a run, and perhaps he could have been rejuvenated in a new spot, like Jeff Carter, but he’s leaving on his own terms.