The Pittsburgh Penguins will sooner or later find winger Jason Zucker in their lineup. Zucker skated with the team in a non-contact jersey. On Saturday, he addressed the media and did so in a t-shirt featuring defender Mark Friedman as Lord Farquaad from Shrek. Ouch! The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames unwittingly played a retro 1980s game with 14 goals and nightmare goaltenders. And will the NHL trade rumors surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs’ push for Marc-Andre Fleury have any negative consequences?
Washington Capitals fans also made it rain apples. You must see this one.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Evgeni Malkin is doubtful today because he didn’t practice. Casey DeSmith and Jason Zucker were in practice. Shelly Anderson has the full scoop. Pittsburgh Penguins practice.
Jason Zucker said, “I will make no apologies” regarding his below average numbers and any correlation to his core muscle surgery. He also wore the latest Penguins joke t-shirt: Mark Friedman as Lord Farquaad from Shrek. Jason Zucker speaks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins also recalled Kasper Bjorkqvist on an emergency basis Saturday.
Washington Hockey Now; Here is. The Caps celebrated Nicklas Backstrom’s 1,000th point by giving away foam apples. What could go wrong?? Backstrom couldn’t help but laugh at what followed. Washington Capitals news
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Calgary Hockey Now: Game of the Night. The Flames and Oilers turned back the clock and continued until Calgary won 9-5. Steve Macfarlane’s title was also very good. Calgary Flames reaction.
Hockey Night in Canada (Sportsnet): On Monday, general manager meetings begin in Palm Beach. The hot topic: NHL LTIR rule changes.
Also from HNIC, the panel discussed the Maple Leafs’ issues since not only did their pursuit of Marc-Andre Fleury become public, but the proposed trade package.
It’s the constant struggle. As a writer, you know players will hear about your report, but that’s the job. The public wants to know and pays to know everything you can find out. I always have a sinking feeling when a source hands us a business scoop, even when a CEO gives it. Too many people on Twitter don’t understand that talks are just talks and confuse “talks” with “what is most definitely happening.” The writer staked his career on it.
Players hear their name, and over the years more than a few have admitted to being a little pissed or shaken by the news. Moreover, 90% of the time, the exchange does not happen.
See also: Rickard Rakell at the Penguins. The only link was speculation. And then, in the space of two hours, General Manager Ron Hextall went from accepting that nothing would happen to interested and then to the proud owner of a new Rakell.
Montreal Hockey Now: It’s official, pending college free agent Jordan Harris has signed with the Montreal Canadiens.
Montreal was also interested in Colin White at the NHL trade deadline.
You know, we interviewed a handful of people for Montreal Hockey Now, and Marco D’Amico was late discovered and added to the roster. It destroys our expectations and projections.
Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins have jumped up the standings and sit in third place. The Atlantic is the deepest four-team group I’ve ever seen, including the Metro Division’s recent playoff battles. They “expect to win every night”. Boston Bruins News.
Philly: Claude Giroux stacks up the points in Florida, and Flyers prospects are doing pretty well in Elite 8 college hockey. The Philadelphia Flyers are sorry.
NYI: 30 goals. Brock Nelson is having a great year despite the general stench of the New York Islanders season.
Detroit: Our Wings editors tell me that Darren McCarty is still an icon in Detroit – a BIG deal. Bigger than Little Caesar’s new Hot & Ready pizza. Detroit Red Wings cover.