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Dan’s Daily: Raging Controversy in Boston; Penguins Anti-Trade Rumors

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We will get to the Pittsburgh Penguins and the anti-trade rumors, but the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers war in Round Two is escalating to a feud worthy of Wrestlemania. The villain this time is Panthers’ forward Sam Bennett, who scored a hotly debated goal that launched Bruins coach Jim Montgomery into a near fit of rage. Elsewhere in the Daily, the Score ranked the open head coaching jobs. The Vegas Golden Knights wiggled their way through the NHL trade market to keep their 2024 first-round pick, but will they trade it? And the Canucks struck back against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3.

I am entirely jealous of all of you who got to see the Northern Lights. They weren’t visible from the city, and seeing them has been a bucket list item.

I guess I’ll have to go north another time when the weather stops looking like the jungle’s rainy season in Forrest Gump. I’m getting a wee bit antsy to take off because I know the next busy season (the draft, trades, and free agency) is looming.

 Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The opposite of the Penguins trade rumors, and a little bonus. Instead of shipping players out, we laid out the seven Penguins who won’t be traded.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Skenesmas turned into a bizzaro world. John Perrotto went through the Tim Burton-like movie that was Paul Skenes’ debut and the continued Pittsburgh Pirates silliness.

Steelers Now: Our Derrick Bell put pen to paper. As team activities begin, the Steelers have a defender who will make everyone forget about not re-signing Bud Dupress and will be able to fill in for T.J. Watt. The somewhat secret weapon of the Steelers’ defense.

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now

Florida Hockey Now: Even our writers sniped back and forth (the boss rang the bell, ending the round). Here’s what set off the controversy–did Bennett punch Brad Marchand, causing injury? Here’s the beginning of the red-hot Sam Bennett debate.

Boston Hockey Now: The controversy exploded in Game 4. Bennett appeared to dish a cross-check, toppling a Bruins defender on the goalie, then buried the loose puck. Boston lost. Florida won and controls the series, 3-1. Things were still boiling–here’s the Bruins postgame.

Vegas Hockey Now: Will it stay or will it go? GM Kelly McCrimmon deftly maneuvered through the trade deadline and will have a first-round pick this year, but will the Golden Knights trade it?

The Score: There are six open head coaching positions. Josh Wegman ranked them with pros and cons.

Montreal Hockey Now: It was done pre-lottery, but you get a good look at the first-round prospects in the 2024 NHL Mock Draft.

Chicago Hockey Now: The next generation is leading. We’re getting a good look at the future of Team Canada as Connor Bedard tears up the Worlds.

Nashville Hockey Now: Jason Zucker signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes (Utah Hockey Club?), but they traded him to Nashville at the deadline.

“I have more to give,” Zucker made his pitch to stick with the Nashville Predators.

Sportsnet: Rick Tocchet told his star players to dig in. They did. Vancouver rose to the occasion and put down Edmonton for a 2-1 series lead.

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Rob
Rob
7 days ago

Dan – Links to FHN and BHN stories go to VHN story.

Bachinga
Bachinga
6 days ago

FWIW, I thought it was interference until I saw the replay and then didn’t…

I do believe Bennet shou]ld have been suspended for the punch on Marchand…

Tom
Tom
6 days ago
Reply to  Bachinga

In all fairness, you can slow down video on whatever you want and see anything you want to see. Hockey isn’t played in slow motion, and Marchand is the one who started it anyways. Bennett was only bracing for a LATE Marchand hit – and it backfired on Marchand. The Bruins are looking to blame anyone but themselves when they have clearly been outworked and outscored. The Panthers are clearly the more talented team. Boston only has themselves to blame – not the refs, not Bennett, not the NHL – NO ONE BUT THEMSELVES. And how come the TNT boys… Read more »

Last edited 6 days ago by Thomas Wareham
Wasnt
6 days ago

Marchand didn’t have the puck and came full speed from across the ice to catch Bennett,who had the puck, off guard with a heavy hit. Bennett luckily seen rat boy and defended himself at the last second…..good for Bennett….now Boston is crying.
As for the goal last night, who knows how goalie interference works.. I heard both sides and it’s 50/50 to me.

Commonsense15
Commonsense15
6 days ago
Reply to  Wasnt

Not a real smart guy are you “wasnt”, Bennett cold cocked him, gave him a concussion, dirty play regardless of who was on the receiving end.
Secondly, what Bennett did with the Ref within 4 feet of the play was cross checking, the crosscheck resulted in Coyle falling on top of Swayman who had no opportunity to get up and make a save as the AH’s Toronto thought he could of. One of the worst Refereeing games in a season of poor Refereeing.
And finally, Marchand is a Saint compared to that POS Tkachuk.
Dirtiest player in the game. Period

Wasnt
6 days ago
Reply to  Commonsense15

Bennett attempted to shove a smaller player who was coming at him full speed and caught him in the face that’s why there was intervention from DOPS. It’s like saying it’s an 18 wheelers fault when the pinto ran full speed underneath it and got the roof tore off. As for the Bennett goal, Coyles fault for being in the blue paint preventing his goalie from being able to play the puck. If it was a cross-check the ref didn’t call it. Even if Bennett never touched him Coyle still would of been in the way. There’s some common sense… Read more »

Pete
Pete
6 days ago
Reply to  Commonsense15

Marchand is a cheap shot punk getting a load of his own BS. I Love it!

Eri
Eri
6 days ago

Depending on the camera angle, the one looks just like a a regular hit, the overhead angle you see Bennett’s little jab to Marchand. Whether intentional or not, that’s up for debate. They both have a history of being pests, Marchand with licking incident(s) as well as taking runs at opponents; Bennett had a questionable hit on a TOR player last year, I believe also during playoffs. Given that lax penalty calling has become an institution, or at minimum a guideline, during the playoffs – I’d say there is not much here. Especially if they are not going to suspend… Read more »

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
6 days ago

The league needs to fix the goaltender interference issue. Nobody knows what is and isn’t going to be called or if they can get it overturned during a review. It happened all year with calls going for and against the Pens and it’s frustrating players, coaches, announcers and fans.

Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
6 days ago

Ah, Marchand took a licking.

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
6 days ago
Reply to  Crazyhorse87

Nice. 🙂