Good morning. Here’s Part 1 of my mailbag. We talk Erik Karlsson, potential moves the Penguins have in store, our first field hockey memories and South Hills vs. North Hills in Pittsburgh. Check it out here: https://t.co/39RAmuH8P8
– Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) July 12, 2023
I’ll tell you something: I’m a little surprised that teams are trying to get Erik Karlsson this summer instead of waiting until next summer. Why is that?
Because the guy’s making $11.5 million a year for four more years, and he’s finally having a good season (an extraordinary season, in fact) for the first time since he left Ottawa five years ago.
Let it be said: I’m one of those who believe the guy deserved the Norris for obvious reasons. I’ve never understood those who voted for someone else because of his defensive play. The guy did score 101 points, though.
But does that mean I’d go for EK65 at 50%, 60% or 70% of his salary? Not necessarily.
But hey. Never mind, I’m not a GM in the NHL and I don’t make the decisions. And two of the NHL’s decision-makers (Kyle Dubas and Don Waddell, in Pittsburgh and Carolina) think otherwise.
The Athletic’s reporter reports that the Penguins were really close to a deal with the Sharks on July 1, but it didn’t work out.
After Josh Yohe, another well-informed journalist has linked the former CH to the Sharks → https://t.co/x9qo0YGZe2
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 9, 2023
I can’t wait to see what happens, but the chances of Kyle Dubas making a splash are high. Karlsson could be the coup in question, obviously.
– Change in Columbus.
Assistant Coach Kenny McCudden departs Blue Jackets after eight seasons.https://t.co/VjN0GOCQJU
– Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) July 12, 2023
– Well done.
Oskar Sundqvist’s way of letting you know he’s returning to STL on a one-year deal. https://t.co/urFeHpZrVl
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 12, 2023
– What do you think?
Imagine if the World Series had to be won on a game involving the dial, they say. https://t.co/J4fBYtFAEv
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 12, 2023
– With good reason.
– Sean Farrell (@seanfarrell27) July 12, 2023
– Alex Newhook loves his new challenge. [TSN 690]
– In the end, it didn’t take much.
Kent Hughes has been pretty quiet so far 😇
How would you rate his work this offseason? pic.twitter.com/SXhgJ7tWLM
– RDS (@RDSca) July 12, 2023