Could the recent wave of coaching vacancies across the NHL affect the Pittsburgh Penguins coaching staff? His fellow Edmonton Oilers made a strong case for keeping Evander Kane, but the embattled winger wasn’t bound by his future with the team. Edmonton will be marketing a goalkeeper in the UFA market and the NHL trade block. And the Dallas Stars could knock on Jeff Petrie’s deal.
Competition for limited resources. In the NHL, that means the centers of the scoring line and the right-hand man of defense.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: I thought Mike Veloce would be a strong candidate for the NHL coach this summer, but late-season Penguins PK faltering, especially in the playoffs, may have weakened his stock a little. It looks like Dave Molinari – Could a wave of NHL training vacancies affect the Pittsburgh Penguins seat?
Respectfully, after his short stint in Washington, I think Todd Riden might be relegated to the rank of Super Auxiliary for a little while longer…kind of like Mike Sullivan’s arc.
NHL Trade Talk, News and National Hockey Now:
Sportsnet: General Motors reporters asked Ken Holland if he had the No. 1 goalkeeper on his list. He said, “No…” So, Edmonton Oilers would once again beat the bushes of the NHL trade market and the junior free agency.
Holland rejected trade prices during the season. These costs will likely not come down…
For Evander Kane, things went a little better in Edmonton than they did in San Jose. His teammates made a strong case for keeping him in place, but Kane didn’t commit on the day of the breakup. (Dude, just sign. I don’t need any more drama.) Will Kane turn against the two advantages?
Montreal Hockey Now: I hear you knock, but you can’t get in. At least not yet. Could the Dallas Stars knock out Jeff Petrie, who will soon become the first RHD center in the NHL trade market? Montreal Canadiens gossip.
Boston: More denials in the David Pasternak-Bruins feud. General Manager Don Sweeney said he plans to re-sign the pasta. Now, Pastrnak’s agent has publicly denied that a rift occurred between the player and GM. Still – high stakes poker for the Boston Bruins is very interesting.
Washington: Now, let’s go back to the Edmonton Oilers, who seem to have some talented players that others will want…behind the first door, Jesse Poliojarvi. Modern Capitals Trade.
Detroit: Bob Duff said no, no, there is no chance that Sergey Fedorov will become the next Red Wings coach. Nate! However, the odds makers differ. Fedorov, the KHL coach of the year, is the bettor of choice to become the Detroit Red Wings coach.
Sharks’ AHL coach has been candid. Here is one of those stories that more fans should read. It answers the definitively frustrating questions, “I don’t understand why…” or “Why don’t they give (the player) a chance to see what he can do…”
San Jose: The would-be player has guided 52 goals to the AHL and led his team over the past three seasons, but he hasn’t breathed his life from the NHL. Joachim Blechfeld signed for the Swedish Elite League. Here’s why the player never gets a “chance” with the San Jose Sharks.
And it’s not because Mike Sullivan won’t be playing with younger players.
Vancouver: Roll Cool. Season of Influence Rates, Oliver Ekman-Larson.
Vegas: The story of Nolan Patrick’s career continues…injuries. Can the previous second year selection live up to billing? Vegas Golden Knights off season coverage.