First Call: Is Antonio Brown taking advantage of the Patriots’ opt-out? Penguin problems. Canadians lose.

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Wednesday’s “First Call” verifies Antonio Brown’s latest plea to return to the NFL. Are you appealing to a former team once again?

We also discussed future plans for a Steelers draft pick and a former coach.

Plus, a look at how the Montreal Canadiens fared in their warm-up game after the Penguins lost to the Philadelphia Flyers.

One and go

The penguins had their only exhibition game in the NHL center against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. They lost 3-2 in overtime.

Just a few thoughts:

• As in the regular season, the power play remains a mystery. Mike Sullivan is still struggling to better deploy all of that talent harmoniously. It was 0-3 at night.

• The Flyers’ two regulatory goals were the result of a defensive trade by Marcus Pettersson and a horrible trade by Evgeni Malkin.

It’s hard to set any of those goals on Matt Murray.

God! Do Malkin and Kris Letang get assistance on that?

• At the beginning of the relief, Tristan Jarry may have had to make some more difficult saves than Murray, jumping directly into a power play. He also made a gem in overtime, before allowing game winner Scott Laughton. But I don’t see the need for Jarry to replace Murray as a result of this game.

• Malkin didn’t really wake up until the third period. But when he did, you saw some glimpses of how well he could work with Jason Zucker when those two combined to score a goal that finally forced overtime 2-2.

The Penguins and Montreal Canadiens meet for Game 1 of their best series at 8 p.m. Saturday in Toronto.

Meanwhile, Montreal also had a warm-up match against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Canadians lost 4-2. Alexander Kerfoot scored twice for Toronto, including a low-hand goal.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price had 19 saves on 23 shots.

Opportunistic AB

New England Patriots players are choosing to exit the 2020 pandemic season at a high rate.

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung are the biggest names. Those two defensive starters are three-time Super Bowl champions.

Running back Brandon Bolden, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Vitale and reserve offensive lineman Najee Toran have also chosen not to participate.

However, combined with those defections and losses from free agency, the Patriots now have $ 24 million in capitalization space, according to Boston Sports Journal capitalization guru Miguel Benzan.

The Boston Herald suggests that the team may try to chase pass runner Jadeveon Clowney in free agency as a result.

Meanwhile, former Patriots catcher and Steelers All Pro Antonio Brown may be trying to take advantage of the Patriots to spend some of their new capitalization space.

Remember, Mr. Big Chest is still a free agent. He recently settled a wage dispute with the Patriots. Based on this post, it seems like you’re willing to let the past be past.

Or Brown is only talking about “odds” overall with any team if he can solve his lagging discipline problems with the league. But according to all the news surrounding the Patriots earlier in the day, it seems like more than a coincidence.

Go Complete for BA

Former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is now 68 years old. He is the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has Tom Brady as his quarterback. And it’s not neglecting despite the concerns surrounding the coronavirus for people in its age group.

Arians were asked Tuesday if he can train in the cabin instead of staying on the sidelines.

“No. There is no possibility for me to train from a box,” Arians said through “Once we have a [face] Shield I like, I will have my mask and shield on.

“I’m very comfortable with our protocols now that I’ve gotten used to the protocols.”

Arians has also battled prostate, skin, and kidney cancer.

High hopes for Highsmith

Alex Highsmith was the second draft choice for the Steelers in the 2020 draft (third round, selection 102).

Charlotte’s rookie is seen as a potential replacement for Bud Dupree if the outside linebacker goes through free agency. Now that Dupree is playing 2020 on the franchise tag and the salary cap could hit $ 175 million next year, Dupree’s departure seems almost assured.

Through Zoom, I asked Highsmith if he is more skilled at running from the left or right side.

“In college last year, I ran on the right side,” Highsmith said. “I feel a little more comfortable from that side. But I will practice from both sides so I can move from different sides. Whatever position they put me in, I’ll do everything I can to get to the quarterback and stop the race to be a three-loss outside linebacker. “

For the past two years, Dupree has started as the right outside linebacker, and TJ Watt has been on the left side.

Tim Benz is a writer for the Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets can be republished. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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