First call: there are a few stories about Steelers’ safety position, while 1 draft per draw could affect the team

On Tuesday, the First Bell may soon be able to move to a safe position for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and moving in front of them on the draft board could affect available defenders. We check the health of Penguins and Avalanche before the game on Tuesday night.

And on Monday night there was a lot of activity in the picture of the Eastern Conference playoffs.


Security first … and perhaps second and third

NFL Network journalist Aditi Kinhabwala threw a few nuggets about the Steelers safety position during her weekly performance on 93.7 The Fan.

• She said the extension of Minka Fitzpatrick’s contract was “very, very close to completion”. Asked by host Andrew Filiponi whether his contract would make him the highest paid security player in the league, Kinhabwala said: “I’m waiting for that.”

• As for the prospect of signing ex-Kansas City Security Tirana Mathieu, she said: “I was told that ‘Honey Badger’ may not need as much money as I was told he needed a week ago.” Kinhabwal further said that Mathieu believes that “the idea of ​​playing for Mike Tomlin is very attractive” and that “perhaps the monetary hopes and demands are not quite what they used to be.”

• As for the security of Steelers ’free agents Terrell Edmunds, Kinhabwala says there is“ still a proposition for him ”. But she said he still has a few offers from other teams he is considering and may not be so interested in Steelers ’offer financially.

According to OverTheCap.com, Steelers still have more than $ 13 million in salary. This is the 18th place in the league.

Fitzpatrick’s extension of his contract with me is a given in any equation that the Steelers front office formulates for his secondary. No signing of existing security measures will replace – or hinder – the expansion of Fitzpatrick. Although how much money they give Fitzpatrick and how it can be distributed can affect their ability to adjust the offer to get Mathieu or keep Edmunds.

With concerns about the depth of the receiver, the run back and the defensive line already looking them in the face, I would expect the Steelers to sign a security veteran with some starting reputation, no matter how full Fitzpatrick’s wallet is before the weekend is finally over. months.


And what about defenders?

We can’t end Steelers ’conversation without mentioning the quarterback situation, right?

Kinhabwala also tweeted the Steelers’ visit schedule with some quarterbacks eligible for the draft.

If the Steelers are just as interested in bringing in a defender, it seems like yesterday’s deal in the NFL could affect who will be available. The New Orleans Saints – another team that is believed to be interested in some of the above – have just acquired an additional selection in the first round.

New Orleans will now hold elections at numbers 16 and 19 (and also picked up the election in the sixth round under overall number 194).

As compensation, the Saints sent their initial 2022 first round at number 18, as well as a compensatory selection to the third round (№ 101) and their seventh round (№ 237). The Saints also exchanged choices in the first round of 2023 and a participant in the second round of 2024. This is a serious reshuffle not only for this year’s call, but also for the next two cycles.

So that means the Saints now have at least two choices before the Steelers at number 20, or they can pack anything to climb higher on the board if they feel one of the defenders is on the verge of capture.


Atlantic action

The three likely Eastern Conference playoff teams played on Monday as places in the Atlantic Division continue to change.

The two teams played each other when the Toronto Maple Leafs were in Tampa Bay to play with Lightning. Both clubs entered the game with 93 points, destroying second place after the Florida Panthers. Toronto won 6-2 after a hat-trick by Ostan Matthews.

Matthews has scored 54 goals this season. It leads the NHL. He also equaled the Leafs franchise record for goals scored in the season set by Rick Wywa in 1981-82.

So that means the Panthers (102 points) now have a seven-point advantage over the Leafs. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins took third place with the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring 93 points (and in fact the Bruins have another win out of 44). That’s because they beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime, scoring Jake DeBrusk’s goal.

For DeBrusk, it was the 24th of the season.


A two-way street

Not only are the penguins worried about health and injuries ahead of Tuesday night’s rematch of the Colorado Avalanche.

Avs defender Bo Bayram recalled Avs and was photographed while joining the command flight in Pittsburgh. The 20-year-old former first-round pick received a concussion on Nov. 11 and has not played in the NHL since Jan. 10.

Avalanche still has no injured defender Samuel Girard. According to Colorado Hockey Now, he was on ice in a red contactless T-shirt. Also through Peter Bow of The Athletic: “Nazem Kadri has been knocked out, but coach Jared Bednar expects him to return to the playoffs. The coach also hopes that captain Gabriel Landeskog will return before the start of the playoffs, and defender Ryan Murray may also be ready at that time. ”

The Avalanche has the best number of points in the NHL – 104. On Saturday in Denver, they beat the Penguins 3-2. The Penguins are still missing Jason Zucker due to injury. He is rode in a tracksuit after a workout Monday. Anthony Angela, Danton Heinen and Casper Kapanen missed the Penguins practice due to an undetected illness.

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