I’m told the Penguins are not entertaining the possibility of trading Evgeni Malkin, the 2009 NHL scoring champion and playoff MVP and, with a $8.7 million salary-cap hit, the franchise’s co-highest paid player.
Trib photographer Chaz Palla and I spent most of Tuesday on planes and in airports attempting to reach the City of Champions. I had a few hours to consider that there could be only a few hours remaining in Pittsburgh’s return to City of Champions-status.
I am actually sitting in a lounge at JFK airport with Uncle Scottie, and he cannot say if the Phoenix Coyotes would become the Winnipeg Jets upon a return to that cold Canadian city. I can only hope so, because the Winnipeg Coyotes doesn’t sound right or look proper.
OK, the inconveniences of a sportswriter’s life are not a topic most readers favor. How about this one …
A discussion with somebody in the Penguins organization who has seen a lot more playoff hockey than me led me to this conclusion: We all forget far too fast.