NHL Awards Rundown: Taylor Hall wins Hart Trophy


The NHL Awards show often gets ripped every year for being quirky but this years show was very well done. There were several heart warming tributes and the league, players, ect knocked it out of the park. Late @HumboldtBroncos coach Darcy Haugan has been honored with the inaugural Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award, presented to an individual who – through the game of hockey – has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society. #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/EA60WaRCLX — NHL (@NHL) June 21, 2018 NOTABLE AWARDS HART TROPHY Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils New Jersey’s @hallsy09 received 72 first-place tallies and garnered 1,264 voting points to edge Nathan MacKinnon, the top choice of 60 voters, by 70 points. #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/xCCeM0FUNK — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 21, 2018 Taylor Hall became the first New Jersey Devil in team history to take home the Hart Trophy as Hall edged out Colorado’s NathanRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Domi Fallout; RH D-Man Search; Jarry in trade talks; Kessel/NSH


Latest Pens Buzz HEADLINES [Rust not offered for Domi] [Penguins in the Faulk market?] [ One Eastern Team see’s #1 ability in Jarry] [More Kessel/Nashville Trade Talk] The Penguins interest in Max Domi prior to the Montreal Canadiens securing a trade for him last week is well documented. Penguin scouts/coaches saw Domi being an excellent fit in the years ahead with one of the top-2 centers on the left side because of his vision/playmaking ability combined with his competitiveness. The strength areas of Domi’s game projected to be a much better fit in Pittsburgh then it will be in Montreal where there’s going to be no goal scorers around him, especially once the Habs move Max Pacioretty. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Arizona went with quality over quantity. Much talk of what the Penguins offered has centered around Bryan Rust ‘reportedly’ being offered for Domi. However, word from high ranking sources isRead More »

NHL: Sharks flip Hoffman to Florida


Mike Hoffman was officially a San Jose Shark for about an hour. The Sharks have now traded Hoffman and a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Florida Panthers for a 2019 second-round pick, a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2018 fifth-round pick. San Jose had earlier acquired Hoffman from the Senators in-exchanged for Mikkel Boedker, Julius Bergman and a sixth-round pick in 2020.

Latest Pens Buzz: Penguins getting trade offers for Kessel, Brassard


Source: Penguins have been presented with ‘intriguing’ trade options ahead of draft — The Pittsburgh Penguins have been presented with more than one trade option surrounding winger Phil Kessel that the team is mulling, ahead of this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. The Penguins continue to be wide open on Kessel, not committed to keeping him or trading him. The goal for the Penguins in exploring Kessel’s trade market over the last month has been seeking options to add a different kind of player, notably a stronger 200 ft type player or multiple NHL pieces. Trade talks have progressed with at least two teams where those type of scenarios are on the table that Pittsburgh could decide to move on, sources say. Pittsburgh is also said to not be dead-set on getting a forward or forwards in return for Kessel. Pittsburgh has also explored at leastRead More »

Latest on Kris Letang


Latest on Kris Letang As the Penguins enter a crucial trading period this week, one name who hasn’t garnered much action yet in trade talks is defenseman Kris Letang, league sources say. While the Penguins have not actively pursued trade scenarios for Letang to the extent that they have for Phil Kessel, Rutherford informed rival General Managers in May he was open to listening to inquiries on Letang and any defenseman not named Brian Dumoulin who along with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray are off-limits in trade talks this summer. What the Penguins have learned about Letang’s trade value is this: Along with clubs having the ‘obvious’ serious concerns about his long-term health/contract (4 years remaining), Letang’s no longer regarded around the league as a game breaking defenseman. His entrance into the trade market from the extent that Pittsburgh no longer see’s him as an untouchable just hasn’t generatedRead More »

NHL: Mike Hoffman jettisoned to San Jose


The Ottawa Senators have traded Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and Ottawa’s fifth-round choice in the 2020 NHL Draft to the San Jose Sharks for Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round draft choice in 2020. The Senators organization has turned into one of the worst in the NHL and this trade continues that as Ottawa has been forced to sell extremely low due to the allegations surrounding Hoffman’s fiancée who Hoffman has continued to support 100%, which crushed his trade value around the league. The statement from Senators GM Pierre Dorion says it all. “Today’s trade showcases our determination to strengthen the future of the team by improving chemistry, leadership and character in the locker room and on the ice. We are confident it is a step in the right direction for the long-term success of this organization,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. For San Jose there areRead More »

Barry Trotz Leaving Capitals


The expectation throughout the league this past season is that it would be the last for Barry Trotz and despite the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup, it has ended up being the last season for Trotz in Washington. Trotz today officially resigned as head coach of the Capitals, the team announced. “Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry’s decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise” — Statement from Washington Capitals The Capitals winning the Stanley Cup triggered an automatic two year extension for Trotz at $1.8 million per season withRead More »

Rumors: Penguins showing interest in a deal of at least 4 years for Bryan Rust?


Penguins GM Jim Rutherford talked at his season ending press conference last month of the Penguins having trade assets other teams would want when it comes to likely changes with the roster this summer. 26 year old winger Bryan Rust, a pending restricted free agent (technically a year away from unrestricted free agency), would be at the top of the list of non-core players on the roster who carry high trade value. The Penguins coaching staff, though, wants to add more players like Rust, who play a speed/2-way game and Pittsburgh’s belief that Rust has sustained trade value into his mid-late 20’s is leading to the Penguins eyeing a new deal with Rust of at least