Hello, everyone. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, here’s what is going on around the hockey world today on your Monday as we get back to the grind.
Seth ponders just how do the Penguins get younger this off-season? It’s a good question, because the prospect and minor league cupboard isn’t filled by any means. One fun way to start would be firing the oldest defenseman on the team into the sun and starting anew! [Tribune Review]
A tip of the cap to the NHL for pulling off a wonderful playoff event in difficult circumstances. [Post-Gazette]
Jared McCann: center, winger or trade bait? The big issue is that so much is unsettled, to be frank, but it is a conversation worth having this off-season. [The Pensblog]
And around the league...
Old pal Marc-Andre Fleury stepped in for his first Round 1 action on Saturday night and played excellently, stopping 26 of 27 shots and helping Vegas take a 3-0 series lead before heading back to the bench on Sunday. [Knights on Ice]
The only Blackhawk to score on Fleury was his fellow 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup champion Olli Maatta. Somewhat quietly Maatta has six points (3G+3A) in 8 total postseason games this August. No story here to link to, just found that interesting considering the Pens’ defensive struggles.
Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov might be out for the rest of the first round after getting tangled up with Zdeno Chara and falling to the ice awkwardly. [NHL.com]
In more proof that goalies are voodoo,
Matt Murray 2.0, err Jordan Binnington might lose his starting job for Game 4. Last year’s Stanley Cup wonder has just a 0-4-0 record and .861 save% in the restart. [NHL.com]
Let us all break out our most serious faces and wish a very heartfelt condolences and best wishes to the Washington Capitals, who have fallen behind in a 0-3 series hole to the Islanders. Sike! Suckers! [Japers Rink]
Tuukka Rask has suddenly opted out mid-series and has left his bubble, citing family concerns. Can’t knock and have to respect his decision on that, but the timing of it seems kinda curious, and surely will draw attention and comments. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
The Tampa Bay Lightning slowly but surely seem to be bearing down and pulling away from Columbus, as our bud Adam Gretz sees it. [NHL on NBC]