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— The Phil Kessel trade market died before the NHL Entry draft officially began on June 22, league sources say.
Kessel was a fascinating situation early this summer as the 30 year old Kessel coming off a 92 point season was front and center in trade talks around the league in leading up to the draft.
In early June Pittsburgh was aggressive in trying to find a star-for-star type trade, offering Kessel to a To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”! but as the draft got closer Pittsburgh had some trade scenarios brewing that could have netted 2-3 second-third tier level NHL players in return for Kessel.
However, when the Penguins arrived in Dallas ready to pursue at least one of the trade scenarios they thought were in play, trade discussions with those clubs went completely dark and it wasn’t on the Penguins end.
At the end of the day, what played out with Kessel is teams flirted with the possibility of acquiring him, but when it came time to actually put a deal together, those clubs all got cold feet and bailed out.
The growing sense around the league is the 2-3 teams that were serious about Kessel at one point, couldn’t get their To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
— Best offer Jack Johnson had other than Pittsburgh’s 5 year, $16.25 million contract………
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One source says Rutherford views Johnson as being ‘head and shoulders’ above To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
— A motivated and rested Carl Hagelin in 2018-2019?
The Penguins are expecting a big year from Carl Hagelin in a contract year. Not some 25 goal type season, but they think he can get back to that 16-18 goal range.
The subject of trade rumors for over a year now because of his $4 million cap hit, Pittsburgh believes Hagelin, a favorite of the coaching staff, has some good hockey left in him beyond this coming season.
Hagelin who is best friends with Patric Hornqvist, has also developed a close friendship with Sidney Crosby off the ice. I wouldn’t write him off not being part of the Penguins plans beyond 2018-2019, despite the fact Hagelin would be 31 when his new deal would start.
— There’s increasing talk the Penguins plan to approach To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
One example the Guentzel camp can look at if they were to decide to wait on an extension until next summer:
As an RFA (3 NHL seasons), Bruins winger David Pastrnak landed a 6 year, $40 million contract in summer of 2017. Through his first three NHL seasons Pastrnak averaged 0.71 points per game.
Jake Guentzel is currently at 0.66 points per game after two seasons. If Guentzel went out and had a 65 point season, which isn’t crazy if the coaches keep him in a top line role, Guentzel would be at 0.72 points per game after his first three seasons.
Not to mention he’s currently a 1.14 point per game player in the postseason.
There’s a reason I’ve heard Pittsburgh would love to do a To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
Gionta may retire. I am sure Montreal would not mind bringing him back. He can play on the wing next to one of those Centers they can’t seem to find.
Sam, do people in canada kneel before the anthem?
No, we don’t have a problem murdering unarmed black people…. that said our indigenous may start
We don’t either. They just cry like we do.
We just have a culture problem. Thug life, big chains, degrading women, and opposing law enforcement are what’s cool.
Any of you saw Freuds favourite sams moms on her new street corner? So fat, ugly and cheap
Yessir… it was a an Oedipus joke 😉
Any of you saw fraud Murray’s new hockey mask. So ugly
Is it the Canadian flag ?
The company that did it is located in Quebec hahaha!
Yes not far from where I live.
You are only saying that because you hate Pittsburgh!
The damn thing is near identical to his previous one… with one major exception, the tip of the hat to this years third jersey
Funny how he hates the Penguins and the city, yet spends 16 hours a day on here while buying multiple accounts. Such a sad, lonely, chubby little guy.
Dude you only closed Stan account because D allows you to give unlimited thumbs down from one account
“Post is awaiting moderation” Cute how you censor D you fucken lousy asshole. You’re worse than @Jack in a lot of ways!
Npl is fat and a liar
It’s not a fake news
It’s a real news
a real news!
Blow it up
This post is a fraud! DB said so.
Washington Post found Trump has lied/misled 4,229 times in 558 days. Thats an average of 7.6 times per day. Yikes.
And those didn’t incluide his golf scores.
Old, but not “fake news.”
The man has been a lying schemer all of his life; Junior is the same way, and those leopards don’t change their spots.
He still has nothing on Sam
Well, if the Washington Post says so. Maybe a fact check from the reliably unbiased NYT.
I dont like this! Must be fale news! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Crazy right. And to think he’s going to get re-elected. Dems are a disgrace. Makes your pantsuits squeeze your man parts.
I think this is supposed to be insulting, but ill wait for Sam to translate it first.
Haaa pen’s wanted to get rid of chubby .
But but but …. He led pens in points so he is amazing according to box score experts on this site. Since they know more.
Funny how coaches around league and team USA don’t want him .
Yet experts on this site and DB with team USA loved him .
I guess coaches have no clue about chubby and his 92 fraud points.
Don’t you have anything better to do then troll message boards?
He didn’t lead the Penguins in points and not sure what DB has to do with anything. Your love for him is unrelenting.
Well if D came out of his cave to give us his 1st hockey related article in nearly 10 days and it was mostly stoking the fire of a Kessel trade that few others have any solid sources on… then it must be true. For a guy that yells fake news every five minutes you sure are susceptible to it!!!
PS he was robbed of the Conn Smythe in 2016… hes a proven winner
Most of the people yelling fake news are the ones susceptible to it.
RIP Stan Mikita
Wow? I am paying respects, he was a legend!!! You gave me enough thumbs down to hit negative 5… WOW
He was a fraud bc he did not have to play again as many teams. He had fraud points, fraud awards and fraud doughnuts. Fraud DB said so.
You forgot he was born in Europe too lol