Trade Interest in Petry Grows, Do Penguins Need to Lose?

The NHL trade winds often blow toward unexpected places. The interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry will be widespread, but an unexpected suitor has popped up, undoubtedly putting additional pressure on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Chicago Blackhawks’ potential dismantling could put Patrick Kane on the block, the Ottawa Senators have a couple of trade chips available, and Dave Molinari weighted the Penguins’ strategy.

Do the Penguins have to lose to retool?

I wonder if some teams are playing poker by expressing interest in Jeff Petry–not enough to get a deal done, but enough to raise the price on rivals?

NHL Trade Rumors

Montreal Hockey Now: Jimmy Murphy tweeted the New York Rangers more teams have entered the fray for Petry. Marco D’Amico recapped the trade market interest. Chatter is increasing, and a deal could come sooner than later for Jeff Petry. Montreal Canadiens “rumors.”

Update: I misunderstood Jimmy’s tweet. It included one of those fanbase abbreviations. Stop using those!

Also, I’ve decided to put “rumors” in quotes as a matter of format. These aren’t rumors, they are sourced reporting, but they’re still so often referred to as rumors that the quotes denote that acknowledgment.

Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch reports that teams are blowing up the Ottawa Senators’ phone for the seventh overall pick, and GM Pierre Dorion is listening. Ottawa wants a player who can push them to the next level.

The Athletic: Pierre LeBrun dove into the Alex DeBrincat situation. The NHL trade chatter is picking up, he reports the LA Kings are interested, and the fallout could mean a substantial rebuild that will also put Patrick Kane on the block. Fun times in Chicago.

Pittsburgh Penguins:

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Dave Molinari’s one-timers include the benefit of losing to win eventually. Indirectly, must the Penguins lose to retool? Pittsburgh Penguins analysis.

And Rickard Rakell got some pretty good news on Saturday. Also, that’s some serious ink.

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Washington Hockey Now: Nick Backstrom opted for the surgery. That changes everything for the Capitals. As Sammi Silber writes, four major decisions are pending for the Washington Capitals.

Sportsnet: The Dallas Stars have a new head coach. Pete DeBoer, you’re up!

Colorado: Andre Burakovsky was injured in Game 2. Bad news for the Avalanche — he didn’t travel to Tampa Bay for Games 3 and 4. Colorado Avalanche news.

Boston: A hot new name on the NHL coaching carousel is former Northeastern coach and current Colorado Eagles (AHL) coach Greg Cronin. Could the Boston Bruins snag him?

NYI: The wine and dine recruiting process for Russian free agent Andrey Kuzmenko concluded Friday in Vancouver. Still, one countryman is doing his part to bring Kuzmenko to Long Island. A for effort to goalie Ilya Sorokin who is also recruiting Kuzmenko to the New York Islanders.

Florida: The Panthers lost coach Joel Quenneville due to his inaction in the Kyle Beech sexual assault incident. Andrew Brunette took over, and the Panthers rolled through the regular season. However, Brunette’s future is still undecided, as Florida interviews coaches. Colby Guy writes–enough, bring back Brunette. Florida Panthers analysis.

Detroit Hockey Now: I knew our boys in Detroit were talented writers. For gosh sakes, Kevin Allen is in the Hall of Fame, but they’ve become THE Detroit Red Wings coverage in less than a year. This week marks their first birthday.

Those Red Wings need a coach. Here’s the search update 4.0. Detroit Red Wings news.

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