Saturday Headlines: Penguins expect to contend for Stanley Cup

Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman tackle all the hot topics from around the NHL.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox provided a run-down of NHL headlines Saturday with Friedman updating the John Scott situation with this informative read.

Here are a few more notes from the segment.

Early this morning — at 3:15 a.m. to be exact — the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks consummated a trade that sent Carl Hagelin from Anaheim to Pittsburgh in exchange for David Perron and Adam Clendening. Both Perron and Hagelin have struggled this season and both teams feel a new environment will help inspire more offence.

Cox quoted Penguins GM Jim Rutherford who said, “We expect to contend for a championship.” The Penguins are currently two points back of the final wild card spot in the Eastern conference.

Other news and notes from Saturday night…

• Calgary Flames defenceman Kris Russell is garnering some interest, according to Friedman, though one GM said the Flames will try to re-sign the soon-to-be UFA.

• Cox discussed Eric Staal‘s situation in Carolina, saying that he’s been in a kind of limbo waiting to see if his time with the Hurricanes is finally up. Staal is a UFA at the end of this season. His agent will reportedly have a meeting with Hurricanes brass some time next week.