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The Daily: NHL Trade Talk, Rodrigues Rumors, Larionov Recipe



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Free agent forward Evan Rodrigues (9) has a new NHL team interested in signing him

The launch of the 2022-23 NHL season is just over a month away. But the NHL fountain of rumors is still spitting out tales of teams trying to dump or add players. Jason Zucker. Craig Smith. Evan Rodrigues. Montreal Canadiens. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Plenty of teams and names are bubbling to the surface.

Hall of Fame writer Dave Molinari explained why the Pittsburgh Penguins turned down a chance this offseason to move Zucker and his $5.5 million salary. The Penguins expected more than they have received from Zucker.

Philly Hockey Now looked at whether the Philadelphia Flyers made a run at Zucker.

Meanwhile, Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy theorizes that Craig Smith could be the player who is moved when the Bruins’ injured players are all back in December.

The Montreal Canadiens are $10 million over the cap. Even after goaltender Carey Price goes on LTIR, Montreal won’t have much cap space left. GM Kent Hughes said the Montreal Canadiens are talking trades.

Also, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman addresses UFA Evan Rodrigues and his choices on his podcast this week.


In Case You Missed It

Bob Duff writes about the night Red Wings great Pavel Datsyuk recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. His fight was against Corey Perry.

Igor Larionov brought vegetables in Tupperware to a KHL press conference and told youngsters to eat them if they want to play professional hockey. The Professor strikes again.

The Detroit Red Wings haven’t been a playoff team in quite a spell. But TNT and ESPN still want to put them on national television.

It’s now or never for Arizona State player Robert Mastrosimone if he wants to sign with the Detroit Red Wings.

Hockey Now Network

Colorado: Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now looks at whether Martin Kaut can make Colorado’s roster. Colorado Avalanche.

Florida: Matthew Tkachuk will be wearing a Panthers jersey this season, but Sasha Barkov is still the team’s catalyst. Florida Panthers.

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San Jose: Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng looks at the what the team’s newcomers add to the lineup. San Jose Sharks.

Washington: In case you were concerned, Alex Ovechkin has left Russia and returned to the Washington D.C. area. He’s ready for the start of the 2022-23 season. Washington Capitals.