Inside the East Division
Rumblings, Musings, & Opinions
PHI 3-1-1, 7 pts: Coaches around the league feel Kevin Hayes is one of the most underappreciated players in the NHL. 6 even strength points through 5 games, Hayes has been one of the most dominant two-way players to open the season. If the Rangers could go back, there might be a different decision made on whether to sign Chris Kreider long-term over Hayes ……..Intrigue with the Flyers is the upside with the forward group as the season grows, in particular getting full seasons from Nolan Patrick (1 Goal, 3 Assists) and Oskar Lindblom (2 Goals, 1 Assist)…… The Flyers chased Zdeno Chara in free agency. Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher remains in the market for a solidifying piece on the backend……
NYI 3-1-0, 6 pts: Goal Prevention? The Islanders are elite again in that critical area, allowing six goals through four games. Semyon Varlamov has stopped 81 of 82 shots.
WSH 2-0-2, 6 pts: The NHL would surely be looking to make an example of somebody early in the season if there was a breach of the covid protocol and the league came down on the Washington Capitals with a $100,000 fine, and Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov (tested positive) all being sidelined for at least four games……. Conor Sheary after dressing for the Capitals first two games of the season, was a healthy scratch for both games in the two game series vs the Penguins……
NJD 2-1-1, 5 pts: The Devils suffered their first regulation loss Thursday night and have been a surprise harder than expected out to open the season under new head coach Lindy Ruff. Jack Hughes (2 Goals – 4 Assists), Miles Wood (3 Goals, 1 Assist) have been standouts thus far, along with goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (.948 SV%) who is unfortunately now on covid-19 list. Scouts have also marveled at the impact Ruff and his staff have had so far on PK Subban……..Teams will be tracking Kyle Palmieri all season who is in the last year of his contract with a $4.625 million cap hit…………Health permitted, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and with how intertwined he now is with Team President David Morehouse, who has a major voice with ownership, the belief in Pittsburgh is Rutherford will get to leave on his own terms down the road whenever that may be. Still, Tom Fitzgerald To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”! The two are said to have had a falling out in the summer of 2015 as Fitzgerald would often push back on Rutherford’s moves, most notably, a heated day 2 (2015) draft discussion when Fitzgerald per sources, helped negotiate a trade of Brandon Sutter to the St.To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
BOS 2-1-1, 5 pts: Will the Bruins take a half step or full step back this season from the level they were at last season? Should get more of an answer in the next two weeks. Watching them, some have felt the loss of Zdeno Chara has been a bigger issue on the ice than expected. Elsewhere, as expected, Torey Krug has been a hard player to replace and they haven’t been as explosive in transition.
PIT 2-2-0, 4 pts: In Tuesday’s win vs the Capitals, Sidney Crosby went 16 of 19 (84%) in the faceoff circle, including 8 of 11 on offensive zone draws. As a team the Penguins were a combined 26 of 40 (65%) on offensive/defensive zone draws vs the Caps…..Defenseman Pierre Olivier-Joseph has been recalled for tonight’s game on an emergency loan basis and will make his NHL debut……..Pittsburgh’s not going to find anything interesting on the market right now, nonetheless, Jim Rutherford is already scouring the market for a defenseman. “He’s looking for a defenceman [hide] and part of that is through urgency and necessity and the fact he’s already experienced injuries to the Pittsburgh Penguins blueline,” TSN’s Darren Dreger said Thursday night on Insider Trading. “But you’re right, Jimmy Rutherford historically, traditionally, has always tried to get his shopping out of the way early. He’s in the market for the best available defenceman but, in reality, he knows that he’s going to have to settle for a third-pairing defenceman. He’s definitely in the market looking for some help.”[/hide]
NYR 1-2-0, 2 pts: The Rangers entered the season as the team in the division that was all over the map on how they were looked at. Logic — it’s a roster that’s likely a year away, while others had viewed them as a threat for a playoff spot. They have a top-10 player in Artemi Panarin and great young talent in Lafreniere and Kaapo, but the two youngsters are not consistent game breakers just yet. It’s a group offensively for another season that’s going to be really reliant on players like Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider. And that’s dicey as it’s no surprise with those two players struggling, it’s been a stagnant offensive start……..Will RW Pavel Buchnevich reach another level? The Rangers have always felt there was 30+ goal ability. He’s off to a nice start with 2 goals and 2 assists. ……..The Rangers continue to find out Jacob Trouba is not the No. 1 franchise level defenseman they thought he was……There’s some bad contracts on that blueline with Trouba ($8MM Cap Hit), Brendan Smith ($4.35MM Cap Hit) and Tony DeAngelo ($4.8MM Cap Hit) who the Rangers would love to move due to the headache he is ……..Jack Johnson has appeared in all three games thus far, playing 16:49 a night, which is 4th on the team among d-men.
BUF 1-3-0, 2 pts: Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel have combined for 12 points through four games, yet, the Sabres are off to a typical Buffalo 1-3 start. These next two games are the Sabres season as they get the Capitals who will be without Ovechkin, Backstrom, Orlov and Samsanov.
[…] last week are those above Rutherford had started the process amongst themselves of having dialogue on the need to start thinking/exploring a succession plan at GM, yet, multiple league sources […]
So! POJ was pretty solid in the debut. May bail out JRs fuckk up on Matheson
PoJo… better ring! I’ll switch to this lol.
Sad day for NPL and Hockey11
man republicans did not waste time on this Creepy Joe
the only diffrence with this impeachment there is actual Proof
P O J looked decent with an assist in his first NHL game. Ceci with a nice assist on the first Penguins goal but let people in behind him to much. Letang is as Jekyl and Hyde as they come with a horrible turnover on the second ranger goal followed by a highlight reel goal in the shootout…good grief Charlie Brown
Watching the reply tomorrow at 930 am on NHL network will watch POJ further.
Penguins were outplayed but found a way to win…
Jarry still not all the way back, bad rebound control and still off his angles. I still fear he relaxed too much knowing he was the man coming into the season.
This team is really making sure the magic number is a tribute to Fraud murray
What a conundrum PoJo is for racist, provincialist Sam
PoJo > Letang
Just maybe! POJ certainly doesn’t look out of place.. The Penguins have 3 more good young defenseman that are coming.
I don’t know what sucks more now
C)Biden and the Fat DemocRATs
E) all of the above
Any one miss Fleury
I think he has better numbers then Npl’s and ZeroTool’s favorite goalies combined desmith ,murray and jarry
If the day comes when Letang is permanently off this roster, I will personally fund a private party for everyone on TIOPS. I’m 100% serious. Don’t care who the president is. Don’t care how the team looks. Get him the **** off the roster.
The Pens havent lost since President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris officially took office.
Season just started and we are already talking about next GM wow this bandwagon city is really something
Bandwagon? Have you seen what he has done to the team since the second cup run? He is notorious for this.
The only bandwagon fan on here is you. Go back to your Montreal boards.
Thinking Ahead on a Successor to Jim Rutherford…. an article to go with the headline would be nice.
Hahahahahaha right… what the fuck lol
That’s some expert click bait.
Heading: Who should replace GM
Body: here’s a bunch of shit I read on other news outlets about the teams in This division through 4 games hahahaha