Lightning Strike Once more, Large-Identify NHL Commerce Chatter

We’re just about to that point of the offseason when the NHL trade chatter produces plenty of speculation and surprising names. One big name popped up in Boston. Pittsburgh Hockey Now reported the Pittsburgh Penguins received a couple of calls about their top prospect, PO Joseph. Evander Kane is uncertain about his future, and on the ice, the Tampa Bay Lightning schooled the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the ECF.

The Rangers are becoming a bit reliant on the Garden crowd, eh?

It is an amazing place to play for the home team. The energy is something else.

NHL Trade Chatter

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: After examining the Penguins’ pending decision and possibilities regarding PO Joseph, sources told us a little more. The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens have called to express interest. Pittsburgh Penguins trade talk.

Boston Hockey Now: David Pastrnak rumors popped on Tuesday in the midst of the surprising head coaching vacancy. Just a wee bit of activity up there. However, GM Don Sweeney is shooting down the Pasta trade buzz. Boston Bruins drama.

NHL Playoffs: The Lightning regained the swagger (did you read “swagger” in Mike Sullivan’s voice?) Tampa Bay put an exclamation point on their series comeback with a 4-1 win to even the series, 2-2.

Colorado: Since Kadri had thump surgery, he’ll be out for a while. Colorado has slipped Mikko Rantanen into the pivot spot, and they’re OK…for now. The Stanley Cup Final awaits the hobbled Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado is a rebuild done right and very well. When the Pittsburgh Penguins were winning back-to-back Stanley Cups, Colorado hit the big red reset button. Patrick Roy bailed as head coach. The team had a mere 48-point season. They were dark days. Yet, here they are, Stanley Cup Final bound.

So, who is the starting goalie? A few patch-jobs are necessary to get to the finish line, and head coach Jared Bednar is “rethinking” his goalie situation. Colorado Avalanche coverage.

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: For the player “who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community,” PK Subban won the King Clancy award.

Montreal Hockey Now: More good vibrations in Montreal. There are plenty of excitations. The team hired one of the best women players to put on skates, Marie-Philip Poulin, in a player development role. Yet another groundbreaking rule. Montreal Canadiens news.

Detroit: The “Yzerplan” has been stockpiling prospects like a doomsdayer buying drums of dry food mix from former preacher Jim Baker. (If the apocalypse comes and I can’t have pizza or real food, let the zombies have me). Anyhoo, our Detroit boys compiled the top-10 Detroit Red Wings prospects.

Vancouver: Patrik Allivn is making a hometown mark on the Canucks, picking up Swedish prospects and free agents. full story–Vancouver Canucks gameplan.

And…one of the big casinos finally paid some attention to hockey! Caesars is coming after DraftKings market share and offering some heavy promotions, including a risk-free bet up to $1500 on the Conference Final or Stanley Cup Final. Wowser. Caesars sportsbook promo.

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