In the latest 32 Thoughts podcast (audio link), Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman notes that Lightning assistant GM Mathieu Darche remains in the mix for the vacant Penguins GM position. Darche received consideration for the opening in Montreal last season that later went to Kent Hughes. He has been with Tampa Bay for the last four seasons but this is only his first one with the AGM title. Friedman adds that former Toronto GM Kyle Dubas is their desired candidate and they’re prepared to wait a little bit to give him some time to decide if he wants the job but if he doesn’t, it could be Darche getting his first opportunity at running a team.
More from the Metropolitan:
- Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer examines a trio of Hurricanes forwards that he thinks could be on the move this summer. Teuvo Teravainen has one year left on his contract at a $5.4MM AAV but will be seeking more for 2024-25. If Carolina doesn’t think they can extend him or they don’t want to pay his asking price, it’s possible he could move. DeCock also wonders if the team might opt to sell high on RFA center Martin Necas who’s coming off a career year or Jack Drury who has done well in the minors but hasn’t put it together yet in the NHL; at 23, he’s still young enough that a rebuilding team might have some interest.
- The Capitals have invited forward Jack Rogers to their development camp this summer, reports Mark Divver of the New England Hockey Journal (Twitter link). The 20-year-old played his freshman year at St. Cloud State this season, picking up three goals and five assists in 34 games. Rogers is a year removed from a 30-goal campaign with Steinbach of the MJHL. Washington almost certainly won’t be signing Rogers but they’ll get some information on him should they decide to pursue him later in his college career.