These aren’t the big name gets, but players who can add speed on a budget. Preliminary watch list:
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– Dan Kingerski (@TheDanKingerski) June 4, 2023
Kyle Dubas has his work cut out for him this summer in his first off-season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even so, he’ll have to move quickly to provide Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kristopher Letang with a competitive team that could help the trio win another Stanley Cup.
Jeff Carter (1x $3.125M) and Mikael Granlund (2x $5M) could be traded to free up money for the team’s new president to shape the club in his image.
Josh Anderson is a player who has often attracted the attention of other NHL teams since his arrival with the Canadiens. A 6-foot-3, 220-pound warhorse who skates the way he does is a rare find – and Kyle Dubas saw it up close during the Montreal-Toronto first-round series in 2021.
The problem is, despite the flashes, Anderson hasn’t been able to produce at a rate equivalent to one point per two games since joining the Habs – the consistency hasn’t been there. Could that change if he were paired with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, who have historically been able to get their linemates to produce? Would he be an interesting finisher ?
If Dubas were to be interested, it’s a safe bet that the Habs would have to take Granlund or Carter in return, for payroll reasons.
But it’s all speculative. Anderson will earn $5.5 million over the next four years, and has not been spared from injury in recent seasons.
Still, the question is worth asking. It’s been a long time since the Penguins had a complementary powerforward like Anderson, and he might be interested in joining an aspiring team.
In a gust
– To be patient, he was.
Jack Eichel is enjoying his first playoff experience after nearly 500 NHL games | JDM https://t.co/2dn0sEiDId
– Jonathan Bernier (@JBernierJDM) June 4, 2023
– Life sometimes.
Andrew Brunette was drafted by the Capitals in 1993 by outgoing Predators GM David Poile and coached in Nashville by newly-hired GM Barry Trotz.@WiebesWorld breaks down Brunette’s “full circle” moment and much more: https://t.co/iWoBi0LX3v
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 4, 2023
– Paul Maurice, with a clear head.
Maurice says there’s no point and no value in being grumpy and in a bad mood the morning after his team lost a field hockey game. But he’s not being dismissive or flippant. He said nothing about the operation is “casual.” He and the Panthers have “worked hard to allow this to be fun.”
– Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 4, 2023