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Dan’s Daily: Burke Clarifies Negotiations for 58 & 71, First Big Trade of NHL Offseason

There is not a truckload full of NHL news on Thursday, but now we are into the important news. The LA Kings took Kevin Fiala off the NHL trade block as the Minnesota Wild unloaded a salary they could not afford. Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Raivis Ansons was part of the Memorial Cup-winning Saint John Sea Dogs. Penguins president of hockey operations Brian Burke seemed to draw distinct lines in the sand regarding negotiations for Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin, and Penguins assistant coach Mike Vellucci is up for the Boston Bruins head coaching gig.
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Burke: Penguins Waiting on Letang, Malkin … for Now

Kris Letang insists that he wants to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins are adamant that they’d like to keep both. PHN spoke with Penguins president of hockey operations Brian Burke on Wednesday, shortly after he completed an interview with NHL Sirius/XM Home Ice, too. No one involved...

Penguins Prospects to Watch at Development Camp; Who Has Most to Gain/Lose

We will not know the identity of the star attraction at the Pittsburgh Penguins development camp to be held from July 10-14 at the UPMC Lemieux Complex. The Penguins are scheduled to make a first-round pick at the NHL draft in Montreal on July 7. A few days later, that first-rounder will probably join the Penguins development camp with undrafted free agents and the Penguins’ recent picks and prospects.

Dan’s Daily: Surprise Final Draft Rankings, Top NHL Trade Targets

The offseason NHL trade chatter has begun, and today we officially begin using “last season.” The Colorado Avalanche have a bevy of offseason questions and Nathon MacKinnon is a year away from free agency. The Tampa Bay Lightning had a laundry list of injuries. They were more banged up than any of us could have known. After polling scouts across the league, TSN’s Bob MacKenzie released surprising draft ranking with a new consensus No. 1 pick. And the Pittsburgh Penguins announced their prospects and rookie camp dates on the same day they lost a former second-round pick, who packed up and went home.

Penguins Prospect Bjorkqvist Signs in Finland

The list of minor-leaguers who could challenge for a spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster in 2022-23 shrank Tuesday. Winger Kasper Bjorkqvist, their second-round draft choice in 2016, signed a two-year contract with Karpat Oulu in Liiga, Finland’s top league. He is a native of Espoo, Finland. Bjorkqvist...

Important NHL Offseason Dates, Penguins Buyout Window

The Stanley Cup was awarded on Sunday night and the clock began ticking for general managers and players in danger of receiving a buyout, rather than a paycheck from their team. The COVID pause at mid-season altered some of the planning dates, including the buyout window which the Pittsburgh Penguins could utilize.

Dan’s Daily: Penguins Draft Pick Trades, Hall of Fame Class Announced

As expected, the 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame class has a Vancouver Canucks flavor. However, a couple of Americans remain snubbed, as does Theo Fleury, whose inexplicable exclusion from the Hall continues as the Hall of Fame filled its four annual spots with worthy candidates. Also as expected, Colorado Avalanche are being given credit for ushering in the “speed era” of the NHL, but Pittsburgh Penguins fans and this writer know differently. TSN looked at the shrewd movement at the NHL trade deadlines by Colorado and Tampa Bay, as we also looked at what the Penguins can learn from the Stanley Cup Final.

Final Cup Thoughts: What the Penguins Can Learn & Changing the Game

It is over. In the coming hours, we will turn the page from “this season” to “last season.” We will begin looking ahead to the 2022 NHL Draft, free agency, and training camp. We’ll begin looking at the 2023 Stanley Cup, and the Colorado Avalanche are already 4/1 favorites. Nathan MacKinnon will be forcing Sidney Crosby to finish the cooler of beer, and it will be MacKinnon who gets to float the Cup in the lakes near Cole Harbour. We will also ask the most crucial question: What can the Pittsburgh Penguins learn from the Stanley Cup Final?

Dan’s Daily: MacKinnon Wants Crosby Drunk at Cup Party, Crosby Tied to Avs Cup

The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions. Maligned former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson hoisted the Stanley Cup as part of the Avalanche victory. And there were several Sidney Crosby ties to the Avalanche win, including Nathan MacKinnon’s hotel room number. Mackinnon also wants Crosby to be the drunkest guy at the Stanley Cup party in Cole Harbour. The list of Hall of Fame eligible players has some sure things and a backlog of snubs. And should any Penguins player beyond Crosby be untouchable?

Dan’s Daily: Penguins Prospect Vacancy, Female Fans Finding Hockey

The Stanely Cup will be in the locked trunk inside Amalie Arena on Sunday night. If the Colorado Avalanche win, it’s theirs to party with, toss around, and abuse in the greatest of sports traditions. If Tampa Bay wins, the case stays locked, the teams head back to Denver, all of the pressure in the world on the Avalanche. The Pittsburgh Penguins promoted Tom Kostopoulos to director of player development, and Dave Molinari looked at the stunning lack of prospect development in the Penguins org. NHL trade rumors on J.T. Miller now include Toronto?!

Dan’s Daily: Palat Ruins Cup Party, a Penguins Contract Debate

The Stanley Cup was in the building. The game had that atmosphere. Every hit, every shift, was just a little bit more urgent. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat sniped the game-winner late in the third period to spoil the party in Colorado. Barry Trotz will not coach the Winnipeg Jets next season or any team. The New York Rangers could drop a big name on the NHL trade block. The Vancouver Canucks swiped another Pittsburgh Penguins executive, and I put forth a different take on the Penguins’ negotiations with Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin.

Kingerski: Penguins Should Pull Back on Malkin & Letang, Sign Rakell, Others Now

Every now and then, I write a column that sticks my neck out just a little further than I would like. At any moment, the Pittsburgh Penguins could announce spiffy new contracts for Evgeni Malkin or Kris Letang that are either an overpay or team-friendly. The offseason and future hinges on those two decisions, as will the bulk of the Penguins’ $23 million salary-cap space.

Canucks Lure Young, Penguins Promote Kostopoulos

The Pittsburgh Penguins have promoted Tom Kostopoulos to director of player development after the Vancouver Canucks pipeline activated to lure away Scott Young. Both teams’ moves were announced Friday. Kostopolous, 43, has spent the past four seasons as a development coach for the Penguins and their American Hockey League...