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Dan’s Daily: Penguins Have Work To Do, Capitals Hold ‘Players Only Meeting’

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Evgeni Malkin, Mike Sullivan, Ukrainian invasion

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.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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William Maloni
William Maloni
1 month ago

You could assist the Pens by making those early tee times for then, six weeks from now.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

The sky may actually be falling for the Pens . . but rather than announce it every day the better choice is to let each game play out and see what may or may not be the case by the end of the season and then playoffs. Expectations were low during the off season and they surprised. But the fact that they had trouble with the Avalanche should come as NO surprise. The Pens are an upper middle team in the league and right now it is showing. Realism tells me they are a playoff team, but not built for… Read more »

DaGama
DaGama
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

What I don’t want to see is GMRH re-sign both 58 and 71. The Pens three best players are 87, 59 and 17 so pay Rust and remodel the team around a still strong first line. Hopefully it will pay off in another cup within 2 to 3 years. As to the Pirate comment, it would be fantastic if Pens management were in control of talented prospects like the Pirates have. Unfortunately the Buccos will probably just squander that talent.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  DaGama

I think much of what they do will depend on how they fare in the playoffs. If they fail again it will be easier to “move on.” I do not envy Hextall’s job on that.
But you cannot build a team based on the past. A re-tooling could be a bitter pill but at some point someone has to put it in motion.

Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  DaGama

How exactly is one line going to win a cup in two or three years. Keep Rust and Letang and jettison the $9.5 million dollar albatross that is Malkin’s contract. Thanks for the memories, but time to move on.

Chris R
Chris R
1 month ago

When the Penguins lose, no one reads the postgame. I mean absolutely no one.” Not true.

Regarding Stützle, most NHL writing doesn’t include diacritics.

Wasnt
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris R

There’s a post game article after they lose??

David Heyl
David Heyl
1 month ago

Keep 71 if he agrees to a hometown discount $5 m 3 yrs. No way sign 58, we won our last Cup without him & what he is rumored to want is absurd. Finally please sign prospects with. a 6’ in front of their height!

Frank
Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  David Heyl

And maybe someone that is packing
200lbs +. I appreciate the talents of guys like Jake and Rust but they just get worn down with 82 games and playoffs. Plus exhibition.

Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  David Heyl

OK genius, who are out starting 6 defensemen next year without Letang? I’m waiting….

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