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DATER’S DAILY: Vegas-Montreal Trade, Tortorella In Philly




On this off-day, Friday, between Games 1 and 2, let’s do some NHL notes, links, observations and the like, starting with that big trade yesterday that nobody seems to have noticed, between Montreal and Vegas involving Shea Weber.

  • Well, maybe the reason nobody cared is because Shea Weber probably will never play an NHL game again (Montreal Hockey Now)
  • John Tortorella is the new coach of the Flyers. We get the full breakdown here on why, from our own Sam Carchidi (Philly Hockey Now)
  • I don’t know. I just wonder why team after team after team keeps investing heavily in Torts, when he seems to have a shelf life of about three to four years, tops, with any team before they burn out on him. I actually really like guys like Torts – no-nonsense, politically incorrect sometimes. But this feels like too much of a retread hire.
  • People in Pittsburgh are still wondering if Evgeni Malkin makes sense cap-wise, everything-wise, moving forward (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • The latest on the Johnny Gaudreau contract situation in Calgary (Calgary Hockey Now)
  • Random link on a late, great baseball announcer (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • “Unrivaled” – the story of the Avalanche-Red Wings rivalry, will air June 26 on ESPN and also ESPN+. All the big stars will be on it, with fresh reflections. Yours truly will be on it too. Hey, if you want to get a head start on what the rivalry was like, I wrote a book on it (Amazon)
  • My old pal Mike Russo from Minnesota has a nice story here on Minnesotan Erik Johnson (The Athletic)
  • A story on Jack Johnson (Hockey News)

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