— Trade Deadline Chatter & Storylines as the Clock is Ticking —

League Buzz: Hextall enamored with Thatcher Demko: Talk around the league is Penguins General Manager Ron Hextall likes Tristan Jarry but is enamored To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”! . “Ron see’s To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!

Wild Checked in on Penguins top-6 winger: Over the weekend the Minnesota Wild are said To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!

Jakob Chychrun Latest: Suitor after suitor continues to move in another direction on the Jakob Chychrun. Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong being a hard line negotiator has lived up to his billing. Few believe he will be pressured to suddenly move Chychrun for the case of moving him. The price in December has remained the same. Elsewhere on the Coyotes front, pending UFA Nick Bjugstad had a frustrating career in Pittsburgh due to injuries, but he left on good terms and was really well liked by players and coaches. Just saying………..

Kapanen popular on waiver wire: When the Penguins waived Kasperi Kapanen they were done with him. That’s not the feeling with Brock McGinn if he clears and is why he played last night vs Nashville. How popular was Kasperi Kapanen on the waiver wire? The no fun league doesn’t send out a list of who had waiver claims like the NFL does, but the Penguins have intel that three teams put claims on Kapanen: St. Louis, To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!

Boeser Chatter a hard read: When Penguins had substantive trade talks with the Vancouver Canucks last season about a John Marino trade, Vancouver pushed for a forward – defenseman swap and Pittsburgh had the opportunity to choose from Brock Boeser and Conor Garland. They balked but at the time the organization and particularly Mike Sullivan were said to have been much more interested in To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”! Anthony Beauvillier who won over a lot of people in the Penguins organization during the 2019 playoffs is also a better fit for how the Penguins play than Boeser who is slow-footed. Boeser has been a tricky read for the past 24 hours because as mentioned in a previous post, some in the organization like him that while he’s not a heavy player, he can be sneaky good at times in those tough areas, while others just don’t like the fit at all. He’s been one of those on the fence targets for a while now that’s always came back to how much of a cap hit would the Canucks keep.