The trade deadline fun is just beginning and it seems like it has also stalled. The NHL trade rumors persist in Winnipeg, even as they’re shot down. It looks like GM Tom Fitzgerald is keeping his better players in New Jersey, the Hockey News published 10 bargain trade options, injuries took another name off the NHL trade board, and below is a little inside dirt on Dominik Kahun.

7 Thoughts and a couple of little nuggets on the Penguins and the NHL trade deadline (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

There is a persistent NHL trade rumor about the Winnipeg Jets dealing Kyle Connor. The rumor involves the Colorado Avalanche (Sportsnet)

Travis Yost believes the Buffalo Sabres are running out of time to deal Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo News)

It should be noted, Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman reported he received denials regarding the Avalanche involvement. And Colorado Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief Adrian Dater has firmly reported there is nothing to the rumors.

Players on the cheap? Clearance rack steals? Jared Clinton compiled his list of bargain bin choices for the NHL trade deadline (The Hockey News)

Nate Thompson and his 55% faceoff rate are intriguing. The Penguins did scout Montreal-Boston on Wednesday night.

The Dallas Stars figured out how to discourage the Toronto Maple Leafs (Sportsnet)

Toronto reminds me of the 2017-2018 Pittsburgh Penguins, without the hardware but similar baggage.

Take Mark Boroweicki’s name off the trade board. The injury bug bit him on Thursday night. (Ottawa Sun)

The NHL trade rumors haven’t hovered over the New Jersey Devils like they normally do over a bottom feeder. Chris Ryan reports New Jersey isn’t so keen on trading Kyle Palmieri or the other notables, but Sami Vatanen could be had (NJ.com)

A source told Pittsburgh Hockey Now on Thursday night that Dominik Kahun is targeting Sunday for his return, though nothing was yet determined on Thursday afternoon. Kahun returned to practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a concussion (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

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