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The Pittsburgh Penguins Send Olli Maatta To Chicago

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Trade Plans In Pittsburgh Have Changed

from Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Jim Rutherford said Tuesday that he expects Phil Kessel, who last month nixed a trade to the Minnesota Wild, to be with the Penguins next season. It also sounds as if Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang aren’t going anywhere either.

“There will be a few changes made. It’s what I expected when the season ended. But we’re also talking about a team that got 100 points last year through a season of inconsistency,” the Penguins general manager said in a phone interview. “So there’s no reason why this team can’t compete at a high level.”

After the Penguins got swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the New York Islanders, the organization discussed the possibility of trading Kessel, Malkin and Letang, among others, sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Moving Phil Kessel And Vegas Cap Issues

from TSN,

- A Kessel to the Wild trade may be dead, at least for now, but TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote last week that Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is still discussing a Kessel trade with teams around the league and added that, "it's a question of when, not if, for Kessel to be dealt but where exactly remains to be determined."

With that in mind, Josh Lile of the Dallas Morning News wonders if the Stars could be a landing spot for the 31-year-old. The Stars have $16.4 million in cap space on a projected $83 million cap and Lile writes Kessel "easily fits" in the team's cap picture....

- The Vegas Golden Knights are facing a cap crunch this summer and currently sit over the projected $83 million salary cap for next season, including David Clarkson's $5.25 million salary which can be shelved on long-term injured reserve.

Justin Emerson of the Las Vegas Sun believes the team will need roughly $10 million to sign restricted free agents William Karlsson, who he projects to receive a six year, $39 million deal, and Nikita Gusev this off-season and will still have three roster spots to fill. 

Emerson notes that reports have indicated defenceman Colin Miller is on the trade block and believes the team could look to move Cody Eakin and Ryan Reaves as well to free space.

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Report- Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Talk Involving Phil Kessel

from Josh Yohe of The Athletic,

The Penguins and Minnesota Wild have a trade proposal on the table with Phil Kessel as the centerpiece, numerous sources confirmed to The Athletic....

However, Kessel ultimately will have some say in this decision, as he is the owner of a partial no-trade clause that allows him to name only eight teams he can be traded to....

However, numerous sources confirmed that Kessel is unsure if he wants to play in Minnesota. He did research on Minnesota and the Wild during the past week, the sources said. Kessel is very close friends with Ryan Suter. Both are natives of Madison, Wisconsin, and played internationally together for Team USA.

It is believed Jason Zucker, the speedy Wild forward who scored 76 goals the past three seasons, would be part of the deal. Minnesota made it clear to other franchises that Zucker, 27, is available.

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No Need To Trade Evgeni Malkin

from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

If the Pittsburgh Penguins seriously are considering a trade of Evgeni Malkin, they seriously should reconsider.

It’s that absurd of an idea.

Trading Malkin would be an emotional overreaction to a stunning sweep by the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup playoffs and a foolhardy attempt at addition by subtraction.

The Penguins might have incentive to move Malkin because of his age (he turns 33 on July 31), his contract (three years remaining at $9.5 million per season) and especially the chance for them to maximize their window to win another Cup championship with Sidney Crosby as the centerpiece.

But they have zero leverage, as Malkin has a full no-trade clause. If the Steelers’ trade of All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown taught us anything, it’s not to expect much in return for an aging superstar who has control of where he wants to play.

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Trade Evgeni Malkin?

from Mark Madden at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Last week, GM Jim Rutherford would not commit to keeping Evgeni Malkin in a Penguins uniform for the rest of his NHL career.

It’s not a bluff. It’s not fake news. The Penguins are willing to trade Malkin. That’s for two reasons:

• The Penguins are very unhappy with Malkin’s performance this past season and with his attitude.

Malkin averaged more than a point per game but was a team-worst minus-25 , made a team-high 84 turnovers and had a team-most 89 penalty minutes. He too often dangled pointlessly and frequently made mistakes at both blue lines. Malkin scored just 21 goals, his fewest in a nonlockout year besides 2010-11, when a knee injury ended his season after 43 games (and 15 goals).

Malkin was insubordinate to Coach Mike Sullivan on one documented occasion. He shows zero inclination to fix his errors. Malkin wants to play as he likes.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning And Pittsburgh Penguins Today

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Tampa Bay Lightning, led by coach Jon Cooper, have the talent and core players to win the Stanley Cup in the near future, general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday, two days after they were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Though the Lightning became the first team in NHL history to finish with the best regular-season record and get swept in the first round in a best-of-7 format, BriseBois spoke of his belief in Cooper and players like forward Nikita Kucherov, center Steven Stamkos, defenseman Victor Hedman and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.

"I have great faith that eventually we're going to get the job done and we're going to bring the Cup back to Tampa with this group of players, with these coaches," BriseBois said during Lightning exit interviews. "I'm not going to overreact and blow up all the good things we have here because we had a very bad four-game slump at the most inopportune time of the year.

"Now is not the time to make excuses. It's the time to show some humility. It's the time for us to lick our wounds, roll up our sleeves, get to work and focus on doing what we need to do so next year we're more successful."

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from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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The New York Islanders Complete The Sweep Of The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

As the Islanders head home with soft smirks on their collective faces, they can look in the rearview mirror and see the rest of the NHL left slack-jawed.

That’s just the way they like it, and Islanders completed their sweep of the Penguins with a 3-1 win in Game 4 of their first-round series Tuesday night, wrapping things up with one more tidy performance.

Under the stewardship of first-year head coach Barry Trotz, they played a defensive game that sucked the life out of the Penguins, utterly frustrating a team lined with championship pedigree. The Islanders suffered very few down moments, very few weak spots, and showed nothing but more group resolve.

That’s the story of their season as they keep proving people wrong.

“That’s been a little bit of the storyline here, and we’re used to it,” captain Anders Lee said. “We’re used to it being in our room. It’s not just this year, it’s kind of always been that way. This year, we’ve really taken it on and run with it.”

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from Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Watching the Islanders sweep the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals was like watching the Steelers defense at the end of the Dick LeBeau era.

They kept trying to do the same things they’ve always done, even though those things stopped working long before they were willing to admit.

This edition of the Mike Sullivan Penguins isn’t as fast as the group he coached to Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017. The roster isn’t as deep, either. They don’t have the net-front presence or team energy they once did. And the insatiable hunger to win we noticed two years ago isn’t as evident as it once was.

“They were a little bit hungrier,” center Evgeni Malkin said of the Islanders. “They want more to win. They were blocking shots, forecheck, backcheck. They looked like they want more to win.”

Yup. That’s the way it looked. It also looked like they were more willing to listen to their coach.

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Sweeps Tonight?

I have an open post going up later for all 4 games tonight, but let's talk elimination games now.

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning are in Columbus to face the Blue Jackets.

The Pens and Bolts are down 0-3.  Are they done tonight?

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Islanders Are Scoring, The Penguins Are Not

from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Crosby was magnificent in Game 3, despite no points and a minus-3 on the score sheet. The Penguins captain controlled the puck, setting up winger Jake Guentzel with great scoring chances in each period....

“You’ve got to find ways to score goals at this time of year,” said Crosby, a 100-point scorer this season. “It’s not easy, but you’ve got to find a way to do it. … We had some good looks around the net. It’s a tight game. It’s a game of execution, and we haven’t done as good of a job as they have.”

There’s the hidden truth of this series. The Islanders have executed their game plan to perfection. They are doing everything the Penguins aren’t, from playing together to minimizing mistakes to capitalizing on chances.

And the Penguins’ bad habits have been glaring, whether it has been failing to get a goal or to protect the lead for more than a few minutes once they do score. The Penguins have scored two goals in the past two games. The Islanders scored twice in a span of 1:02 in Game 3 alone.

Where the Penguins looked like a team on life support, the Islanders went for the jugular. The Penguins are on the brink of elimination and don’t appear to have any answers.

“Every series is a new story. Every game is a new story. To say, ‘We can do this, absolutely,’ I wouldn’t say that because Sid’s a tremendous player,” Trotz said, adding that he would want to start an NHL franchise with Crosby. “He’s a fantastic player, and what he’s done for hockey and this franchise is undeniable.”

So is this: Not even Sid can save the Penguins in this series.

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