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Philadelphia Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon thinks ​​​​Evgeni Malkin got off easy with a one-game suspension.

The league handed the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar a one-game ban Tuesday for high-sticking Flyers forward Michael Raffl during Monday’s contest.

“It wasn’t a high stick. It was a baseball swing,” Gordon said, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli. “Just because you didn’t connect doesn’t mean it wasn’t vicious. I don’t think he should be rewarded just because he didn’t connect.”

Before the NHL’s Department of Player Safety disciplined Malkin, the 32-year-old suggested he didn’t deserve to be suspended since he didn’t hit Raffl in the face with his stick.

Malkin missed Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He will be eligible to return to the lineup Saturday when the Penguins host the Calgary Flames.



The Pittsburgh Penguins traded forwards Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan to the Florida Panthers on Friday in exchange for forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann, the teams announced.

Additionally, the Penguins are sending a second-round pick and two fourth-rounders – all in the 2019 draft – to the Panthers.

Both Brassard, 31, and Sheahan, 27, are set to become unrestricted free agents at season’s end. Neither center is having a particularly strong season, as Brassard has collected just 15 points, while Sheahan has only nine. Sheahan is not known for his offensive abilities, but Brassard has been a consistent 40-to-50 point player over his 12-year career.

Pittsburgh may look to its new additions to fill the roles left by Brassard and Sheahan. Bjugstad, 26, is a natural center but has spent most of the season playing right wing, yielding just 12 points. He does have an offensive touch, though, scoring 19 goals last season and a career-high 24 in 2014-15. The towering 6-foot-6 forward is signed through the 2020-21 campaign at a $4.1-million cap hit.

McCann, 22, has collected 18 points in 46 games. Originally a first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2014, he was dealt to Florida in exchange for Erik Gudbranson. McCann will become a restricted free agent after next season.

The Panthers have won three straight games but still sit 11 points out of a playoff spot, meaning they could be inclined to flip Brassard and Sheahan if they don’t plan to re-sign them.

Pittsburgh has had an up-and-down season but currently sits tied with the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 60 points.


The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft, the teams announced Monday.

Coincidentally, the Penguins acquired Oleksiak from the Stars in December 2017 for the same cost.

Oleksiak was a first-round pick (14th overall) of the Stars in 2011 and spent the first six seasons of his career in Dallas, racking up 22 points in 140 games.

In Pittsburgh, the towering blue-liner appeared in 83 regular-season contests, with 25 points to his credit.

Oleksiak signed a three-year contract with the Penguins in July and carries a $2,137,500 cap hit until 2020-21.


The Columbus Blue Jackets have had trade talks with the Pittsburgh Penguins about center Derick Brassard, reports The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline.

It was reported on Tuesday that Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford is listening to offers on Brassard with the expectation that he’ll be traded before the deadline on Feb. 25.

Columbus drafted Brassard sixth overall in 2006, and 31-year-old spent the first six seasons of his career with the organization. He arrived in Pittsburgh prior to last year’s trade deadline in a three-team deal that involved the Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights.

Brassard has recorded 14 points in 37 games and is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

NHL: OCT 22 Hurricanes at Red Wings

Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland is looking like a hot commodity in trade circles.

“The list is longer, but Boston, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver are among those interested in Micheal Ferland,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported in the latest edition of his 31 Thoughts column.

Ferland would add significant forward depth to clubs like the Bruins and Penguins and could easily slot into a top-six role with the Oilers and Canucks.

The 26-year-old is in his first season with the Hurricanes after the Calgary Flames traded him at last year’s draft in a deal that also sent Dougie Hamilton and defensive prospect Adam Fox to Raleigh in exchange for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm.

Ferland is in the midst of a strong campaign, posting 13 goals – tied for second on the club behind Sebastian Aho – and 25 points in 39 games. He ranks first among Hurricanes players with 2.9 hits per game, second in power-play goals (5), and second in game-winning goals (3).

His modest cap hit of $1.75 million should also be enticing to potential buyers.

The rugged winger is in the final year of a two-year contract and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


The Pittsburgh Penguins signed goaltender Casey DeSmith to a three-year contract extension with an average annual value of $1.25 million, the team announced Friday.

“Casey has excelled for us at every level, first in Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and now here in Pittsburgh,” general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement.

The 27-year-old is enjoying his longest stretch of games in the NHL after just 14 appearances with Pittsburgh last season. In 26 games in 2018-19, DeSmith has gone 12-7-4 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against average.

DeSmith’s extension will keep him with the Penguins through the 2021-22 season.


The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Jake Guentzel to a five-year contract extension with an average annual value of $6 million, the club announced Thursday.

The deal includes a partial no-trade clause in the final two years, during which Guentzel can submit a 12-team no-trade list, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

The 24-year-old Guentzel is enjoying a breakout season with 15 goals and 33 points in 36 games while averaging a career-high 18:41 of ice time per night. He was set to be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights at the end of this campaign.

“Jake established himself as an impact player for our team from the beginning, especially during 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “He has become a core player on the team and we are thrilled to get Jake signed long-term with the Penguins.”

In his short career, Guentzel’s established himself as a clutch playoff performer with 23 goals and 42 points across 37 postseason contests. He helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup in the 2016-17 campaign.

Based on the additional $6-million cap hit of Guentzel’s contract, the Penguins are now projected to enter the upcoming offseason boasting just $5.13 million in cap space with six unrestricted free agents and three restricted free agents, according to CapFriendly.