World news – Surprising penguins must make an NHL closing decision


Sorry, I just noticed an inexplicable typo in my preseason forecast column. Somehow, Mike Sullivan was named as the first coach most likely to get fired when I knew I was going to write that he would win the Jack Adams Trophy.

This was supposed to be the 1965 season of the Penguins Yankees were. Instead, they could become the 2000 version.

Yes, the Panthers have emerged after decades of irrelevance. We apologize to Denis Potvin, the most ardent defender of Puddy Tats, and that somehow does not fit perfectly, and of course Florida’s Joel Quenneville is considered Coach of the Year.

But Sullivan has got a penguin team into an altercation , which has seen spotty goalkeepers, waves of injuries that decimated the rear end and front units at different times. Three-time general manager who won the Stanley Cup, Jim Rutherford, stepped back seven games this season, and had Evgeni Malkin knocked down and knocked out most of the time. Jordan Staal is still in Carolina and a crucial part of the attempt Bringing the trophy to Candyland, but the prospect of Boston College, which Ray Shero, then Pittsburgh’s GM, received in exchange for Staal in this 2012 Draft Day deal, remains an integral part of the penguins.

This unique prospect is defender Brian Dumoulin, without whose presence on the blue line Pittsburgh would not be around. Because he has a contract with a cap hit of $ 4.1 million per two additional seasons, this is one of the NHL’s best deals.

The ownership mandate is now up for grabs. In the draft for 2021, the penguins have no choice for the first, third or fourth round. Your pool of prospects is dry. Ron Hextall, who succeeded Rutherford as GM, wanted to build Philadelphia from scratch.

If sand speeds through the hourglass, Pittsburgh would consider worsening its future prospects by offering next year’s top-class to to improve the chances of this group? Jake Guentzel was a more than worthy left partner for Crosby, but could the Penguins get a shot at the Sabers’ Taylor Hall?

Would get the opportunity to play for a competitor for the first time in his career, Hall of the maybe worst season near a Hart Trophy award in NHL history? Or isn’t Hall Sullivan’s kind of gamer?

Is Calgary’s Sam Bennett (a gamer the Rangers should be investigating this summer) more of a more needs-filled gamer? Is Miles Wood the Devils in the game and if so, would he be a better fit?

At some point the devils will stop selling themselves and instead consolidate their roster. GM Tom Fitzgerald did a good job getting the islanders first round player (plus) in exchange for upcoming freelance agents Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac, even if those numbers are in the late 20s or early 30s.

The question is whether the Devils could have gotten more for Palmieri if the team had driven him on the cut date last year when the winger was under contract for two playoffs. Probably, but the wish was to sign # 21 for extra time.

That brings us back to Wood, the 25-year-old winger who stays on a $ 2.75 million cap hit for another year . Ideally, Wood would become part of the core of the Devils, but if Fitzgerald isn’t sure the team can sign him for a renewal, now is the time to treat him for maximum return. Wood is the kind of support player who invariably ends with his name on the trophy.

In recognition of Colin Blackwell who rated the Rangers’ Harvards: 1. Adam Fox; 2. Dominic Moore; 3. Jimmy Vesey; 4. Blackwell; 5. Ted Donato.

If Vesey Blackwell had confidence, not only would he not be on his fourth team in three years, but he would still be in New York and have the career he expected when he was out of school on the free Market went.

You know what if a contender came to Blackwell and had a number 3 in mind to trade, as much as the Rangers probably wouldn’t want it, they’d have to, right?

Ours however, the best information is that no such interest has been expressed. That doesn’t mean it won’t be before 3:00 p.m. Monday. Deadline bell rings.

Carter Hart is more Tom Barrasso, who was sent to the AHL for a Saber spell in his sophomore year by the Sabers after winning the Calder, the Vezina, and as a rookie in the first All-Star Team, or is he the Flyers Boy? Netminder more in the Jim Carey category?

Wanted to present Blaine Lacher as an alternative, but that would probably have been a blow.

In the age of parity, a reminder that the Panthers have not won a playoff round since 1996 have, the Maple Leafs since 2004, the Sabers since 2007, the Canucks since 2011, the Devils and Coyotes since 2012.

Again, when did the NHL instruct its officials to ignore swivel feet? And if the answer is never supposed to be, it certainly seems to be a tremendously strange coincidence that almost none are mentioned.

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