In today’s NHL news and rumors update, there is news out of Pittsburgh where it appears a deal to send Jack Johnson elsewhere is close, there are updates on the conversations happening between the Boston Bruins and Torey Krug and when will Patrick Laine see his first NHL action for the Winnipeg Jets?
Penguins to Move Jack Johnson?
According to Pittsburgh Penguins insider Josh Yohe of The Athletic, the franchise is on th verge of trading veteran defenseman Jack Johnson. Citing two independent sources, he believes something will happen with Johnson in the next 48 hours.
A source within the Penguins organization and an independent league source both confirmed that Johnson was told over the weekend that many potential deals are on the table for general manager Jim Rutherford, and that Johnson is involved in the majority of them. Although a trade isn’t certain, Rutherford, according to sources, wanted to be transparent with Johnson about the situation and warned him that a trade within the next 48 hours is quite possible.
Reports are that Rutherford doesn’t want to actually trade the defenseman but doesn’t see another alternative. He’s been in the rumor mill for some time, previously linked to deals that included Phil Kessel and Jason Zucker.
Still with the Penguins, after being forced to leave the final preseason game of the season, Sidney Crosby appears to be ok. He was spotted leaving the team’s facilities at PPG Paints Arena with a slight limp but no apparent medical apparatus such as a walking boot or crutches.
Bruins Still Haven’t Talked Extension With Krug
Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now is reporting that his source is saying that Boston Bruins still haven’t had much in the way of conversations with either Torey Krug or Charlie Coyle. Both players will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.
Krug has been quite public about wanting to stay with the organization but there’s a sense that if the team waits too long, he might feel slighted and leave. He’s discussed being patient, letting the team deal with restricted free agents like Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy.
Both GM Don Sweeney and coach Bruce Cassidy have already said they view someone like Krug in their next wave of leaders. It’s odd they haven’t at least opened discussions.
Flames Sign Rinaldo
Puckpedia reports Rinaldo will get $175K in the minors and gets $225K guaranteed in the deal.
Tobias Rieder also finalized his deal with the Flames, after scoring two goals in his final preseason game against the Oilers. The Flames officially announced the deal, which as reported, is a one-year, two-way deal at $700K.
Laine to Play Right Away
Tim Campbell of NHL.com writes that Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine, will be in the lineup for the Jets on Thursday when the team faces the New York Rangers. On the heels of signing his two-year $13.5 million contract, someone who missed the entire training camp might need some time to get up to NHL speed but coach Paul Maurice said he wasn’t worried.
“Being that he’s been training, and has been training with men, our expectation is he’ll be able to come and move around the ice pretty good,” Maurice said. Laine should arrive in Winnipeg on Monday for fitness testing and a physical and then should be ready for practice on Tuesday before the team leaves for New York.
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