Tim Benz, Mark Madden ponder Penguins’ future post-Phil Kessel
I’m back from Europe. Mark Madden is back from Vegas. It’s a day late. But our “Madden Monday” podcast for the week is up. And there is plenty to talk about concerning the Penguins.
We get Mark’s response to the Phil Kessel trade from the standpoint of how the Penguins can replace his production and how they will shape the line combinations in his absence.
Beyond that, who does Mark believe in the whole “he said-he said” between Kessel and Jim Rutherford?
The Penguins are still in a tough cap crunch. Rutherford may not be done dealing yet. Also, Mark has two bold predictions. One is about how much longer Mike Sullivan will coach in Pittsburgh. Another is about how Alex Galchenyuk will outperform Kessel in their new cities.
We discuss some of the crazy money being thrown around in the NHL, too. And is Rutherford guilty of contributing to that inflation based on the cash given to Brandon Tanev?
Plus, we kick around the topics of a Felipe Vazquez trade for the Pirates, baseball in London, juiced home run totals and Aerosmith in Vegas.