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The Daily: Penguins Call Karlsson Bluff; Buffalo and DeAngelo?



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Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski writes that the Pittsburgh Penguins are calling the San Jose Sharks’ bluff when it comes to the Erik Karlsson trade.

Neither the Penguin, nor the Hurricanes, are desperate enough to overpay for Karlsson. The Penguins and Hurricanes, Kingerski writes, want Karlsson, but their situation isn’t hopeless without him.

San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng reported no deal is close.

“If San Jose GM Mike Grier isn’t bluffing as he attempts to drive up the price for Karlsson, he will buckle just the same because the Sharks do not have a strong position,” Kingerski writes. “Grier is trying to rebuild his club after the big bet on Karlsson and Brent Burns by former GM Doug Wilson went bust, and he is using his Karlsson chip. Unfortunately for the teal and white, there was not an overaggressive GM willing to splurge to get it done.”

The Sharks do have the option of simply keeping him and trading him next summer. But his highest trade value is now, coming off a 101-point Norris Trophy season.

Red Wings Offseason

The Grand Rapids Bliss re-signed former Michigan Tech player Trenton Bliss. He split his time between the Griffins and Toledo Walleye last season. He posted four points in 30 games for the Griffins and 40 points in 38 games for the Walleye.

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Hockey Now Network

Boston: Jack Eichel said former Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is the reason why the Vegas Golden Knights  won the Stanley Cup. Imagine how Bruins fans feel about that. Boston Bruins.

Buffalo: Mike Augello writes about whether the Sabres might be interested in Anthony DeAngelo. Buffalo Sabres

Chicago: Nate Brown writes that the Blackhawks will be strong up the middle in the near future. Chicago Blackhawks.

Colorado: Former Avalanche player’s arrest story gets worse as more details are released. Colorado Avalanche.

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Montreal:  MHN looks at the Canadiens’ biggest questions going into next season. Montreal Canadiens.

New York: What’s up with Oliver Wahlstrom’s contract situation? New York Islanders.

Philadelphia: Undersized young defenseman Emil Andrae is going to make an big impact on the Philadelphia Flyers.