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This is turning out to be one of the craziest NHL off-seasons ever

After yet another post-season collapse, the Penguins could look to deal star centre Evgeni Malkin...

After yet another post-season collapse, the Penguins could look to deal star centre Evgeni Malkin this summer. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:20 PM ET

There is panic in Pittsburgh, confusion in San Jose, alarm in Vancouver, and a need in Ottawa, Toronto, Washington, Winnipeg and Carolina to make major changes to hockey rosters that aren’t deemed good enough.

And that’s not even mentioning the apparent difficulties in Nashville, Florida, both Alberta teams and the Islanders.

Three teams in the NHL don’t have general managers. Assuming Dan Bylsma is fired in Pittsburgh, five teams don’t have coaches. And maybe there’s six weeks for anyone of the disappointed to get this right.

In the midst of the conference finals, that’s what makes off-ice business almost as fascinating as on-ice from now until draft day. With a free agent class offering little in help, a never seen before swap meet could take place over the next month and a half. And it’s not garage sale items for sale.


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