Lightning Round: Trade Talks Intensify

For those who saw this rumor circulating following the Ryan McDonagh trade, let’s mention that the Blue Jackets put cold water on it. I’m sure McDonagh didn’t want to waive his no-trade clause, and his agent was probably upset for his player’s sake, but I don’t think the situation was as toxic as Kypreos made it out to be. I wouldn’t listen to him, all he does is seek attention these days. Truth or accuracy not required.

The Oilers will trade Jesse Puljujarvi…probably. And it looks like the teams don’t have too much to offer for the second-line winger.

Jakob Chychrun is back on the trade market, and it looks like the deal could happen in Thursday’s draft. The Blue Jackets have picks at 6 and 12, so it’s possible they want to use one on a player now.

After Emily Engel-Natzke was promoted by Washington to video coach, the AHL no longer had women on its coaching staff. Now, Jessica Campbell has been hired by the Coachella Valley Birds as an assistant bench coach for Seattle’s minor league team.

Meanwhile, in the NHL, Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser has been promoted to assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dr. Wick MD has four Olympic gold medals and seven World Championship gold medals for Canada as the team’s top center and captain during the 2000s. Heck of a CV.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed backup/tandem goaltender Casey DeSmith to a relatively cheap two-year deal.

The Ottawa Senators buy Colin White out of his $4.25 million contract.

The IIHF continues to ban Russia and Belarus from international competitions.

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