To have a top defenseman who manages both the role of a power-play quarterback and the role of a player who shuts down the opposing team’s best attackers is a luxury not many NHL organizations have. Although, when we look at recent history, such players are vital pieces of Stanley Cup-winning rosters. In last season’s playoffs,
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Vancouver Canucks and the status of some pending free agents. In Philadelphia, one scribe talks about the chances Shayne Gostisbehere is traded. Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, there could be players leaving the organization next season. Finally, will Marcus Foligno re-sign in Minnesota? He certainly wants to.
It’s been over 10 weeks since the NHL indefinitely postponed the 2019-20 season. Fans were finally given some hope last week regarding the league’s return. While nothing is set in stone, it appears that a 24-team, bracket-style playoff will determine this season’s Stanley Cup champion. Under the proposed format, the Pittsburgh Penguins would be the
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the NHL could be affected based on a decision by their feeder league as the AHL has decided to cancel the 2019-20 season. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche might be talking a trade and the Philadelphia Flyers have questions about where best to allocate limited funds. Finally, will the
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is buzz the NHL is working on a 24-game playoff outline and that players have been told they can head home, leading to the belief the NHL regular season is probably done. And, while the NHL figures out what to do about playoffs, teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins are
Recent games for the Pittsburgh Penguins have not been going well. A record of 3-7-0 in their last 10 games only amplifies the issues that have dawned on the team. With the rest of the Metropolitan Division hitting a torrid pace, the playoffs are not a certain thing for the Penguins if they are not
The 2019-20 Pittsburgh Penguins’ season has seen its highs, lows, and countless injuries. It’s one that also came with many positive changes. The trade deadline has come and gone, and some major additions came to the organization. This team that is currently assembled (disregarding the injuries) is a better Penguins team than those that won
Asking price for Chris Kreider and potential teams that might be interested Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic: New York Rangers pending UFA Chris Kreider is looking for a seven-year deal at around $7 million per season. The Rangers asking trade price for Kreider has to be a first-round pick, or multiple conditional second-round picks, or
Hurricanes looking for someone with term … a few potential options Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic: The Carolina Hurricanes would consider trading one of their two first-round picks (own Toronto’s) but only for a player with term. Matt Dumba has three years left at $6 million and the Minnesota Wild may eye the Hurricanes first,
With the NHL’s Feb. 24 trade deadline less than two weeks away, all eyes are on the New York Rangers. The rebuilding Blueshirts’ playoff hopes are fading. With 58 points in 54 games, they’re nine points out of the final Eastern Conference wild-card berth. Barring a strong surge over the remainder of the schedule, and
Penguins have to be patient as the market is small Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: It’s well known that Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford likes to make moves well in advance of the NHL trade deadline. “I think the market will open up at some point in the next week or two,” the GM
The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Alex Galchenyuk, a 2020 1st round pick and defensive prospect Calen Addison. Bob McKenzie: “Official announcement from PIT. The condition on the 2020 first-round pick is that it can be deferred to 2021 if PIT misses the playoffs this season. H/T
The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Alex Galchenyuk, a conditional 2020 first-round draft pick and prospect Calen Addison, according to Bob McKenzie. The 2020 first-round pick could be moved to 2021 if the Penguins fail to make the postseason this year. MIN trades Jason Zucker
Team watching the Kings … Rangers and Kreider to talk … No talks for Pageau Sportsnet: Teams are keeping an eye on the Los Angeles Kings who are going to be sellers ahead of the NHL trade deadline. At the Kings-Devils game: “There are three scouts there from each of the Winnipeg Jets and also
Top Priority for the Oilers Ryan Rishaug: Have to believe the top priority for the Edmonton Oilers heading into the trade deadline still has to be a third-line center. Ottawa Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau would be a great fit for the Oilers but is not sure they’ll want to give up their first-round pick for him.
Trade deadline notes on the Blackhawks, Penguins, rentals, Senators, and Rangers Emily Kaplan of ESPN: If the Chicago Blackhawks are in a good position at the trade deadline, don’t expect them to do much. GM Stan Bowman would likely hold onto both Robin Lehner and Corey Crawford. Bowman could listen to offers on Erik Gustafsson.
Chicago Blackhawks at the trade deadline John Dietz of The Daily Herald (mailbag): The Chicago Blackhawks remain three points out of a playoff spot with lots of teams to hop. Chicago’s plan is not to mortgage to buy. Would they take a bad contract with a sweetener? That appears more likely than straight buying. Also,
Avs rumored need for a defenseman doesn’t make sense unless… AJ Haefele: “All due respect to the reporting work others are doing but it simply makes no sense for the Avs to add a defender at the trade deadline unless it’s a major upgrade. Not sure that guy is available this year on D. Avs