Tarasenko and Keith on Trade Block, Montreal Denied Fans

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There was quite a stir on Twitter Wednesday night, and not just because the Montreal Canadiens lost Game 2. Despite an 82% vaccination rate (about 35% reached full vaccine status), the province de Quebec refused to increase attendance beyond 3,500 at the Bell Center for Game 3. Tampa Bay won Game 2, the Chicago Blackhawks are about to shake up their core, and the NHL’s trade market with Duncan Keith and two possible Pittsburgh Penguins free agent targets could come off the board.

Next July 1st will again be a day of chaos and ridiculous contracts, but we are expecting 27 more days this year.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: A few weeks ago we reported that the Pittsburgh Penguins were interested in an experienced backup goaltender, and Frederick Andersen was a target. Now, it looks like Andersen isn’t in free agency, as TSN reports there’s mutual interest in him re-signing in Toronto.

Zach Aston-Reese is FRG again. What is the winger worth? The Penguins will have to work to re-sign him because the numbers are solid.

NHL playoffs

ESPN: Carey Price was pretty good. Andrei Vasilevskiy was much better. Blake Coleman scored a diving goal. Tampa Bay was outplayed but won Game 2. Carey Price was human for two seconds, which was one too many. Tampa Bay won Game 2, 2-1.

Canadian authorities have rejected the Montreal Canadiens’ request for a raise attendance for match 3 at 10,500 fans.

NHL.com: Jonathan Toews will be back next season. He missed last season with an unspecified illness but skated on Wednesday and revealed he was in pain chronic immune response syndrome.

NHL Trade Rumors and National Hockey Now Network

Sportsnet: An NHL trade is coming – It will be in Western Canada or the Pacific Northwest. Chicago Blackhawks working on potential trade for loyalists defenseman Duncan Keith.

Daily Faceoff: Sounds serious in St. Louis. Vladimir Tarasenko reportedly informed the St. Louis Blues that he was maintaining a multi-team trade.

Vegas: Marc-André Fleury is the subject of lustful NHL trade talks, but… Will winning the Vézina keeps Fleury in Las Vegas?

Colorado: There’s a bit of a goalie situation in Colorado. What to do with Philip Grubauer and the situation of goalkeeper Avs.

Philly: It looks like the Philadelphia Flyers were also watching Adam Larsson in Edmonton. It seems like a lot of GMs are waiting this resolution or to make an offer.

Boston: Last week, the Boston Bruins signed former first-round pick and potential power forward Trent Frederic to a “show me” contract. Frédéric says: “I have a lot more to give.

NYI: As the Pittsburgh Penguins found out, Ilya Sorokin took the middle finger stages of his first season in the NHL.

San Jose: Has the anti-goalie bias in the first round of the Has the NHL Draft gone too far?

Detroit: Get This – Detroit Red Wings name former Colorado Avalanche rival Alex Tanguay assistant coach.

Those old Wings-Avs games were absolutely war. In fact, Adrian Dater wrote a bestseller (?) about them! I can you will probably get a signed copy.

Washington: Oh, that’s interesting – should the Washington Capitals give Henrik Lundqvist another shot??

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