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Off The Record: Like NBA Players, NHLers Can Force A Trade | VHN+

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Are NHL players about to follow the lead of NBA players and be able to force their way out of town with a trade whenever things don’t go their way? Are the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers on a collision course via the NHL trade market, and could Philadelphia and Florida be soul mates?

Two official and one implied trade demands by young NHL players, all under team control, were granted on Saturday. Make no mistake, it left a bad taste with some, as NHL insiders wondered if the NHL is about to become the NBA.

In the OTR today, the Keystone State Rivalry is alive and well on the NHL Trade market as the Penguins trade winds are blowing. Still, trade rumors are circulating that Philadelphia and Florida are perfect trade partners.

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is on a mission.

Could Gary Thorne be calling NHL games again soon? (Yes, please). 

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Off the Record: Speculation Ties Pens to Gibson; Vancouver Mess | VHN+

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The Pittsburgh Penguins’ new management team will be in place soon. With new GM Ron Hextall, Brian Burke will assume the role of President of Hockey Operations as he arrives in town on Sunday. Hockey insiders are already pontificating about the first big Hextall and Burke move on the NHL trade market. Some, including a source close to the Penguins, are already speculating about John Gibson, a native Pittsburgh son, who is in a sinking situation in Burke’s old stomping grounds, Anaheim.

Also, in Off the Record, did the Vancouver Canucks owner try to put out a fire that he started? And, are the Blackhawks still all-in on the rebuild they warned fans about, or are they suddenly seeing visions of playoffs dance through their heads?

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Off The Record: Virtanen Chatter, Quarantine & Pains in the A** | VHN+

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The NHL trade market is getting muddy as teams need immediate help, but quarantine rules stand in the way. Would a Jake Virtanen for Jake DeBrusk trade make sense for the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, or is there a Virtanen sweepstakes in the East Division being held up by the Pittsburgh Penguins GM search?

Teams watched the fallout from the Patrik Laine-Pierre-Luc Dubois trade. The quarantine period for both players surely affected the NHL trade market and how teams proceed. Teams can’t get immediate help. 

What should we make of the rapid COVID outbreaks around the NHL? Is there a snowballs’ chance the league could return to Hub cities?

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Off The Record: Warning Signs in Calgary and Philly | VHN+

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St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn is once again the subject of NHL Trade rumors. Not only the Pittsburgh Penguins are or were interested, but other teams are also circling the talented blueliner. Are the Boston Bruins interested again? Eyebrows were raised by a Philadelphia Flyers surprise scratch, which served to put the team on notice, but it also could mean bigger things down the road in Philadelphia. 

The Calgary Flames snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday night, but they’re not safe yet. Sources tell OTR that a shakeup in Calgary is possible if conditions deteriorate further. And if a Calgary shakeup is necessary, big names will be on the NHL trade block. 

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