NHL Rumor Roundup: Rangers have NO INTEREST in Patrick Marleau and Pittsburgh’s a mess
We should all know the story by now…things are bad in San Jose, especially if you’re one of the older players like Patrick Marleau. Recent reports surfaced that Marleau would waive his no trade clause to go to Anaheim, Los Angeles or the New York Rangers (although he’d have a better chance of getting to NY if he was open to go to the Islanders).
The good news is that the Rangers aren’t interested in adding a 36 year old forward on the last legs of his career with a cap hit of almost 7M until 2017. The latest confirmation comes from the Ottawa Sun:
Is Matt Duchene really going anywhere?
Colorado has problems…defense primarily. However, to land a top blue-liner it usually takes a team with a plethora of them and also a need for forwards to make it happen. However, Duchene is a world class player and would be hard to part with.
I share the opinion found on Spector’s Hockey about even contemplating parting with his talents.
Things Are Getting Bad in Pittsburgh
When asked about what is wrong with the offense he replied, “Everything. We don’t play right, we don’t work hard. I know it’s tough right now. I know we’re mad at each other. We need to stop, look in the mirror, and start working. We’re not working.”
WOW! That’s a huge knock on the coaching staff.
When asked if the Pens can turn it around he dropped this bomb. “Yeah, it’s better for us if we have more confidence, we start to play better. But now we’re really mad at each other, we don’t believe anymore, we’re not happy. But it’s the beginning of the season, it’s a good time to stop and move forward.”
Could big trades be on the horizon in Pittsburgh? Maybe, and they could start with Evgeni Malkin.