The Pittsburgh Penguins begin their nine-month journey into the 2022-23 NHL season in just over one week. The prospects and rookies open camp this week and play a game later this week at the Horizons Challenge in Buffalo. In what could have been the calm before the storm, now Pittsburgh hockey writer Dave Molinari wrote a few stories about Penguins trade talks, including one from Brian Burke.
While previewing the Underdogs at Camp Penguins, we realized that the players fighting for roster positions were all previous picks in the first round. Zach Aston-Reese stayed east but opened the door for the Edmonton media to blame the Oilers for losing them again. To the relief of fanatics, Dominic Simon said he declined to invite the penguins to camp.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Dave Molinari spoke with Brian Burke earlier in the week. Burke said the penguins will be better this season, but the penguin trade block was included in their conversation. Teams summon penguins for their defensive men. Nothing is active now, but… “It’s a possibility”. penguins trade accident.
Burke also said the team is counting on several players, including one of those defenders, to have a relaxing season. Among those who are relied on to reverse course are Jason Zucker and Brian Dumoulin.
This week’s “bombshell” was that a team from the metro division tried to sell their cover space to the Penguins. Molinari didn’t specifically include the team in the scoop, but Team Metro wanted to pick the Penguins in the first round to facilitate the trade for Zucker. Apparently the penguins GM Ron Hextall refused. Read more about penguins trade rejection.
Philly Hockey Now: Sam Carchidi’s Philly Hockey Now Connect the Dots. He wrote that the mysterious team that tried to get Zucker and the first team of the Penguins was none other than the archrival, Philadelphia Flyers.
The child will not be placed in a corner. Joey does not share the food. Hextall won’t give up on first-round picks.
PHN+: Four attackers fight for places on the roster at Camp Penguins next week. One was acquired this summer in the penguin trade for Jeff Petrie (Ryan Buhling). One of them was last season in a Mubadala minor league (Alex Nylander to Sam Lafferty). I look forward to seeing more of Nylander. I suspect he will be one of those players who wears a jacket most of the pre-season. Reports and surveys are nice, but I trust my eyes in such cases. Sometimes I get it wrong (so far with Nathan Legare), but I usually get it right, good and bad. (See also, John Marino, Kasper Bjorkqvist, Daniel Sprong… et al)
And Sam Boleyn, the 2019 first-round pick of the Penguins, is still trying to prove himself too. It’s a not-so-fun fact that three of the four players snapped right after Pauline have played 69 or more games in the NHL already. But Camp Penguins will provide a platform for many vulnerable people with Pittsburgh penguins.
Zach Aston-Reese signed to PTO with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sources close to him spoke to PHN and shed some light on why. The Edmonton media seemed to want him as well and cracked the team a bit to miss him. A new home (maybe) for Zack Aston Race.
Dominic Simon has been kicked out of the World Championship team in the Czech Republic after he picked a fight with a teammate. Later he took full responsibility and apologized. On Saturday, Czech First Division Sparta Prague announced that they had signed him a contract and, as part of Simon’s comments, said the Penguins had offered him camp invite.
PHN+: Which rookies and prospects will have the most pressure to perform this week in Penguins’ horizons camp?
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