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What they’re saying: internet reacts to Jared McCann trade

Jared McCann is gone, the Penguins are a worse team, and ppl are not having a happy Saturday

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The Penguins and Maple Leafs got together for another pretty big trade today, with Jared McCann going to Toronto in exchange for prospect FIlip Hallander. There were clear expansion draft considerations, here’s a sampling of the reaction around the internet from various voices of interest and note:

In this section, which I’m calling “charts and graphs” the loss of McCann is going to give the Pens’ a big hole to fill.

McCann played junior hockey with the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL. Toronto GM Kyle Dubas is from there, as are a host of others now with the Maple Leafs:

This portion is kinda the sad “wtf” face guy gif reaction of the trade.

And now some food for thought..

Amirov was the 15th overall pick last year, which Pittsburgh could have made. It’s two trades made by two different GMs for the Pens, but it is interesting to look back over a year and see how the assets have flowed organizationally.

The other good news for the Pens is at least they got Filip Hallander back, a center prospect for a talent pool that previously had zero centers with reasonable NHL chances. So, that’s not insignificant today, even though it doesn’t really factor into the total equation.

Navigating expansion is the first step of the off-season, and you can’t judge a haircut in the middle, so we will see what happens in following steps. The Pens certainly have some work on the back-end to find a way to boost their NHL team for next season, they’re usually not the team that trades the best NHL player in a deal.