What’s a Stanley Cup Final without controversy? Officials may have missed a “too many men on the ice” call, which directly led to the Colorado Avalanche Game 4 OT winner. The Vancouver Canucks are not shopping for JT Miller, but it appears they are listening intently, and there are plenty of NHL trade rumors, including a Pittsburgh Penguins rival. The Florida Panthers cast aside Andrew Brunette for Paul Maurice, the Minnesota Wild want Marc-Andre Fleury back, and the Penguins have made some big first-round misses at the NHL draft.
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Pittsburgh Penguins, News, NHL Trade Talk
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins have missed on first-round picks at the NHL Draft, but when the Penguins miss, there are consequences. Dave Molinari looks not only at the swings and misses but who was available, including a Penguins villain. Pittsburgh Penguins drafts.
TSN: The TSN Insiders, including Daren Dreger, reported Minnesota GM Bill Guerin is trying to retain Marc-Andre Fleury in Minnesota. They also confirmed what our Rob Simpson has been yelling from the rooftops: The Canucks are listening intently to offers for JT Miller and Brock Boeser.
Vancouver Hockey Now: Simpson added the Penguins to the list of Miller suitors on the NHL trade market. And the Washington Capitals, too. Jim Rutherford and Patrik Allvin appear ready to stir up the Vancouver Canucks.
Washington Hockey Now: So many questions. What about UFA defenseman Justin Schultz? Washington Capitals free agency.
Florida Hockey Now: Surprise! Andrew Brunette was a Jack Adams Award finalist. He’s now looking for a job. The Panthers said thanks, but no thanks, and hired experienced head coach Paul Maurice. Florida Panthers news.
Stanley Cup Final, National Hockey Now
Colorado: The Avalanche dominated the third period, hit no less than three crossbars, and eventually won in OT. One more. One more, and their names will be etched on Lord Stanley’s prize, forever. So close, the Colorado Avalanche.
Sportsnet: However, controversy. Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper took one question in his postgame presser but passionately spoke for over two minutes. Did Nazem Kadri jump on the ice too early, allowing him to get behind the Tampa Bay defense?
The answer is yes.
Montreal Hockey Now: There’s growing debate if the best player in the draft is Wright or Slafkovsky. An NHL exec weighed in–the Montreal Canadiens should go Shane Wright.
Boston: It always surprises me how intelligent people can lose their marbles when they want to hear something. On Wednesday, a small “what if” became a red-hot NHL trade rumor in Boston. David Pastrnak to the Devils for the No. 2 pick? Yeah…NO. Jimmy Murphy went to the sources–“BOGUS!” Boston Bruins trade chatter
Detroit: Perhaps he is one of the best GMs in hockey. Steve Yzerman is methodical, shrewd, and successful. He’s moving movingly with the Red Wings, but he’s building more than just an on-ice product. He’s revamping everything. Detroit Red Wings analysis.