Just My View 6/29/17

Potential Bonino Departure In the salary cap era, you can rarely keep championship teams intact for too long. Other teams are always willing to pay the extra money to steal players away from the defending champs. As defending champs, you can’t afford to overpay for those role players. This is what the Penguins are facing with Nick Bonino. Mark Madden tweeted this earlier this morning: I'm told Pens have given up on retaining either Bonino or Daley. Will pursue other

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Just My View 6/23/17

NHL Draft At first glance, it looks like a weak draft this year, especially when you consider how incredible the most recent two have been. Don’t get me wrong, Nolan Patrick has the potential to be a franchise player, and Nico Hischier is pretty damn good too. Plus, I’ve always been a believer that you never really know how good or bad a draft is until several years after. Who knows, there could be future hall of famers scattered throughout

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2017 NHL Mock Draft

This years draft may not be stacked with superstar names such as McDavid, Eichel, Matthews, or Laine, but make no mistake about it, this draft isn’t all that weak either. The 2017 NHL Draft is more unpredictable than any other in recent years due to the balance in the draft class so don’t expect any miracle 31 for 31 mock draft from anyone. I could bore you all to death with detailed player reports about each player, nitpicking all the

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Farewell Flower

I’ve never known the Pittsburgh Penguins without Marc-Andre Fleury. He was the first pillar in the Penguins dynasty that we know today. He was my childhood goalie. He was guy who always stopped after practice to talk to the fans. He was the team prankster. He was the smiling face that always kept the mood light when things were tense. He was the heartbeat of one of the closest-knit sports team I’ve ever seen. Marc-Andre Fleury was a lot of

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The Expansion Draft – Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins The Golden Knights won’t be building for right now. With Malcolm Subban available, my best guess is that Vegas takes him or Colin Miller. Subban is only 23 and has a fair bit of upside. It’s unknown if he will develop into the goalie he was projected to be, but he may be a risk worth taking.

Sin City

In only 48 hours, Las Vegas is finally going to take one player from every team. Only, they won’t be taking the best players available. And they’ll be better off, too. For months, Golden Knights GM George McPhee has been making side deals with teams. When the protected lists dropped yesterday, McPhee already knew them inside and out. He’s the most powerful man in the hockey world right now. Picking strictly through the expansion draft, Vegas won’t have a good

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Just My View 6/16/17

Joe Thornton Since I’ve finally come to terms with the Pens winning back to back Stanley Cups, I decided to delve into some offseason stuff yesterday. The first thing I did was pull up this summer’s UFA class. At first glance, nothing really stood out. TJ Oshie, Alex Radulov, Kevin Shattenkirk. A pretty underwhelming class of guys looking to cash in on their last big deal. Then as I scrolled down the list just a little further, I found my pipe

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Fleury Forever

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And that seems to be the case when it comes to Marc-Andre Fleury. Next week, the 32 year old will be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL expansion draft. It’s important to remember that Fleury didn’t have to go there. Before the emergence of Matt Murray, Jim Rutherford made a commitment to number 29. In November 2014, Fleury signed a four-year deal that included a modified no trade clause. Fleury

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