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Penguins Wrap: The Detroit Fallout, Fleury Confirms he Rejected Capitals

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It was a game unlike any other at PPG Paints Arena. Never before had Pittsburgh Penguins fans witnessed such an offensive outburst on that side of the street, and long-time fans haven’t seen such goal-scoring since 1991. Evgeni Malkin was a driving force behind the Penguins’ surge, as head coach Mike Sullivan used the opportunity to shed light on their conversations regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And former Penguins goalie, and perhaps still one at heart, Marc-Andre Fleury confirmed he rejected the Washington Capitals because…they’re the Capitals.

News item: With Malkin healthy, the Penguins returned emergency recall Kasperi Bjorkqvist to the WBS Penguins.=U

Update: The Penguins also made a minor signing. They signed college free agent Colin Swoyer to a one-year ELC. Swoyer played a Michigan Tech and will report to the WBS Penguins.

Malkin’s hat trick and dominant game. One thing Malkin has not done is address the Russian invasion of Ukraine and his past support for Russian leader Vladimir Putin. I think we all know the dangers of opposition, which range from attempted ruination to death for the individual or their family. So, head coach Mike Sullivan took the opportunity to express support and address the internal Evgeni Malkin – Russia situation.

I’m OK with that. I’d be fine if Evgeni Malkin said personally, “I can’t address it. Let’s talk about hockey.”

And I would ask about hockey, but I can’t speak for anyone else. Of course, I would probably ask about his next contract, again, too.

The last time I witnessed the Penguins score that many goals was perhaps the most fun game in NHL or Penguins history: The 1989 Patrick Division Final, Game 5. Mario Lemieux scored five goals. Robby Brown scored and windmilled. Furious Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ron Hextall chased Brown like Jason Voorhies, the goalie paddled raised above his head with ill intent, and the Penguins won 10-7.

I can’t imagine Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashil lasts much longer. Detroit is lifeless. There’s too much talent there to be THAT bad. The Ottawa Senators have been bad for a few years, but they’ve always remained spunky. Stevie Y may also regret spending assets to acquire Alex Nedeljkovic.

If you want to relive the Detroit smackdown, here is the Pittsburgh Penguins postgame.

From our colleagues in Detroit. OUCH. Another embarrassing loss for Detroit Red Wings.

**Long time Red Wings beat report Bob Duff didn’t spare the rod. He has seen enough. The time is up for coach Jeff Blashill.

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**Washington: Marc-Andre Fleury said it on live TV. No sugar coating it–he did not want to be traded to D.C. because of his loyalty to the Penguins. He refused the Washington Capitals.

When Marc-Andre is all done playing hockey, the Pittsburgh Penguins need to honor this guy with a symbolic one-day contract, a bobblehead night, or even name a street after the guy.

Boston: Speaking of goalies on the NHL trade market, teams called, but they didn’t get anywhere. One NHL exec tells BHN that the Boston Bruins were never going to trade Jeremy Swayman.

Montreal: TSN 690 host Chris “Knuckles” Nilan went after Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin over the weekend. He posted a derisive, mocking video after reports that Drouin may need wrist surgery. You won’t read this part anywhere else–Nilan also excoriated one media member who called him out. Craziness around the Montreal Canadiens media.

Philly: You can go ahead and enjoy this one. The Flyers collapsed. Again. They blew another lead, and the Nashville Predators beat them. We don’t mind a few hate clicks. Philadelphia Flyers lose.

Colorado: OK, the Avalanche traded for Artturi Lehkonen. He was an expensive get, but they paid. However, he can’t get his paperwork to report across the border?? What is going on with the newest Colorado Avalanche?

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Paul
Paul
7 months ago

Geno and Ovi are big Putin fans. Always have been. Until I hear otherwise, I’ll assume they support the destruction of the Ukraine and its people.

Last edited 7 months ago by Paul
Dan N
Dan N
7 months ago

Now they need to sign Trivigno and Meyers when he’s done playing…replace the lack of draft picks..sign 8 or 10 college free agents and hope 2 work out…That’d be 2more than they had

james e reuss
james e reuss
7 months ago
Reply to  Dan N

That would be fine if there wasn’t a roster limit. You will only get low end prospects signing AHL deals. The big name prospects are more concerned with a clear path to the pros than long term success.

Dan N
Dan N
7 months ago
Reply to  james e reuss

Agreed but their bottom 7-8 contracts won’t be renewed next year

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
7 months ago

I would have vomited for days if Fleury played for the Crapitals

Uros
Uros
7 months ago

Well said about Fleury. After all that’s been done to him and giving away assets just to see him go, it’s amazing how much love this guy has for the team. I don’t know about other fans, but I adore him and never got over the fact he was chased away like that. And we all know how things went after that. A lot of 1st round exits. Yes, no doubt he should be honored in every way possible.

Rob
Rob
7 months ago
Reply to  Uros

I have been a Fleury fan since his very first game. He really should still be part of this team. Fleury is a glue guy, he keeps the team together and puts the team on his back. Vegas sure misses him right now, they did him dirty. All that said, the penguins should have kept him and let murray go, but at the time they had a tough business decision to make. Honestly they made the right one, but it only later backfired. Murray was younger, had better numbers, was paid less. From a business standpoint, great call. Its easy… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Robert Shoemaker
Ujn Hunter
7 months ago
Reply to  Uros

Did you not read the FGMJR interview where he admitted that Flower went to him and asked if he could make sure that he was selected by Vegas? That’s what the extra pick was for… it was so MAF could go to the team he wanted to go to. MAF wanted to be a No. 1 and his time in the Burgh was up with a rookie goalie winning B2B cups. Nobody did wrong by MAF in the Burgh.

Uros
Uros
7 months ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

OK, he was on a roller-coaster of playing and not playing. To me he was the better goalie, but sure, I understand the business part of it. Once you’re chased away it’s a nice thing someone gives you a push in the right direction. But it’s not only that. I will stop here because, as I’ve said, I’m biased on this and in no way objective.

Paul
Paul
7 months ago

Have we forgotten how many times MAF gagged in the playoffs here? In 11 seasons, he was on the ice for a Stanley Cup clincher exactly one time. O-N-E. #O-ver-ra-ted

Rob
Rob
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul

How many goaltenders have won 3 stanley cups? he was on the ice at the end for one of the 3, that is true. However, he was an integral player in the other 2 as well. Particularly the series against the Caps, he stole that series. He also carried an expansion team to the Stanley Cup Final on his back. How many players have won every playoff series that they have been in? How many teams have won every playoff series? Winning cups is special for a reason. So is winning games, regular season or playoffs for that matter. Marc-Andre… Read more »