NHL News & Notes to 21 July 2019

League

  • The NHL recently won the League Humanitarian of the Year Award at the recent 5th Annual Sports Humanitarian Awards that were held in Los Angeles. The award recognized the NHL for work they’ve done related to driving social impact by using a variety of different resources.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman accepted the award but credited NHL VP Kim Davies who oversees the NHL’s Learn to Play program as well as Hockey Is For Everyone, who’s aim is to create an inclusive environment for all fans, and Future Goals programs where each team has an initiative to teach kids about math & science. As part of the award, the league gets to donate $100,000 to a charity of their choice.
  • The NHL & NHLPA announced that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will be going to Beijing, China the week of August 4th, 2019 as an NHL Ambassador. It’s planned that Ovechkin will take part in youth hockey clinics, interviews and business development meetings. Although there will not be an NHL game in China this fall, the NHL is still hoping to continue to grow interest in the league in China. The NHL has so far not committed to sending it’s players to the 2022 Winter Olympics that are taking place in China.
  • The league is encouraged by the growing popularity of their esports initiative. The league has doubled viewership over it’s first season and is reaching an important younger and more tech savvy segment of the population. Good article here with Commissioner Bettman quotes.
  • Player arbitration hearings are being held in Toronto from July 20 – Aug. 4th. Seems most of the arbitration hearings are settled before they reach an arbitrator. Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba had file but settled, Flames goaltender David Rittich filed and the team and player’s agent are working on trying to reach a contract agreement (his arbitration hearing is July 29), Flames forward Sam Bennett filed (July 27 arb hearing) as did New Jersey 24 year old defenseman Will Butcher (Aug. 2nd arbitration hearing) and there are others. Full list here.

Seattle

  • The new Seattle franchise hired Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis as their first General Manager. As an NHL player, Francis won two Stanley Cups, three Lady Byng’s (most gentlemanly player), one King Clancy Memorial trophy (player who exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice) and one Frank J Selke trophy (top defensive forward) over his 23 year playing career. Francis was voted captain on three different teams; first being named captain at age 21. Post retirement, he held the position of Director of Hockey Operations with the Hurricanes for three seasons before being named General Manager. Three years later he was named President of the Hurricanes a position he held for one year before the team was sold to Tom Dundon. In some of Francis’ first few comments as GM, he said Seattle will be preferring their first head coach as someone who already has a number of years experience as an NHL head coach.
  • Francis was hired 23 months before the Seattle expansion draft whereas Vegas’ GM George McPhee was hired 11 months prior.
  • Francis indicated the organization is looking to hire pro scouts for the NHL and AHL leagues as soon as this summer while adding amateur scouts next summer.
  • The Seattle franchise has 32,000 season ticket deposit holders plus a 25,000 person wait list.
  • Seattle has apparently narrowed their search for a new team name to 4 choices but I’ve not heard what they are.
  • The Seattle expansion draft will be held in June 2021 and their first regular season will be in October 2021.

Team Management

  • Philadelphia Flyers president Paul Holmgren has moved to a Senior Adviser role.  Holmgren will advise both Comcast Spectator chairman and CEO Dave Scott and Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher. Holmgren, 63, was in his 5th year as Flyers president. GM Chuck Fletcher takes on a new title as President of Hockey Operations, in addition to General Manager, and will now report directly to Scott. Holmgren’s move was reportedly his own idea as he wants to spend more time with his family including his 8 grandchildren.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their head coach Mike Sullivan for 4 more seasons. Sullivan has one year left on his current deal so he’s under contract to the Penguins for 5 more seasons (through to the end of 2022-23 season). At the end of Sullivan’s deal, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will be 36/37 years old and near the end of his career so the organization seems to have full belief that Sullivan is the right person to lead them as they chase another Stanley Cup.
  • Colorado announced they’ve signed head coach Jared Bednar to a 2 year contract extension. Bednar has one year remaining on his existing deal. Bednar has shown patience in his 3 seasons with Colorado (his first 3 NHL coaching seasons); from finishing dead last in the standings in 2016-17, his first season as an NHL head coach, to now having one of the league’s top teams. He now gets 3 more seasons to see if the team can make a run for a Cup; the Avalanche definitely have the players to do it.
  • Former LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter was named an adviser to the Anaheim Ducks coaching staff & new head coach Dallas Eakins.
  • The Oilers announced Tyler Wright was appointed Director of Amateur Scouting.  Wright worked with Ken Holland in the Red Wings organization in a scouting role for the past 8 years. Wright oversaw the Red Wings draft when they selected Dylan Larkin, Anthony Manta, Andreas Athanasiou and others. The Oilers also announced they’ve appointed Archie Henderson as Director of Pro Scouting. Henderson was also with Holland in the Red Wings organization.
  • Former Stars forward Brendan Morrow was named Director of Business and Hockey Development for the Dallas Stars.
  • The Bruins added former NHL player Chris Kelly as Player Development Coordinator and Andrew Dickenson as an Amateur Scout. Dickenson was previously a scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. Kelly, post-retirement, was in a player development role with the Ottawa Senators.
  • The Blue Jackets announced they’ve hired former goaltender Niklas Backstrom as European goaltending coach. Also, former Jackets player Jared Boll was hired as assistant development coach and ambassador. Craig Hartsburg was hired as an amateur scout. Departing the Blue Jackets organization are Chris Morehouse, assistant director of amateur scouting, and Marshall Davidson who was a pro scout. Davidson is former Blue Jackets president, now Rangers President, John Davidson’s, brother and Morehouse is JD’s son-in-law. It’s believed both could be joining the NY Rangers but nothing official has been announced.
  • Kevin Dineen was named the new head coach of the AHL San Diego Gulls. Dineen replaces Dallas Eakins who was promoted to Ducks head coach. Dineen for the past 5 seasons was an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Former Oilers assistant coach Manny Viveiros was recently hired as head coach of the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. Viveiros won a WHL title with Swift Current in 2018 where he was head coach. I heard he was in the running for the Ottawa Senators assistant coach position but the Sens hired Davis Payne.
  • The Oilers have one assistant coach vacancy. With head coach Dave Tippett and defensive coach Jim Playfair in place, the Oilers are recruiting someone to work with their forwards and possibly their power play. Former player Stu Barnes is available as he was moved out after John Stevens joined the Stars coaching staff. Another name that gets mentioned is former player Ray Whitney; he played for Tippett before but Whitney does not have much NHL assistant coaching experience.

Scuttlebutt

  • The City of Calgary and Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corp (owners of the Flames, CFL Stampeders, WHL Calgary Hitmen & Calgary Roughnecks lacrosse team) have reportedly reached a tentative deal for a new $600 M building where the Flames will play. The Flames current building, the Saddledome, is the 3rd oldest (Nassau Coliseum & MSG in NYC) building the league. Construction of the new building is not scheduled to start before the year 2021.
  • UFA forward Pat Maroon (28 points on 10 goals in the 2018-19) is still unsigned and recently said he hopes he can reach a deal with the Blues to return. He made $1.75 M last season. I’ve not heard much at all on Jake Gardiner and some people are wondering why he is still not signed. I heard Montreal may have interest but nothing has been definitely said by the team.
  • Oilers 21 year old forward Jesse Puljujarvi still is hoping for a trade before the start of the 2019-20 season. Oilers GM Ken Holland is reportedly looking for another team’s top prospects in return.
  • There was multiple reports that Lighting RFA Brayden Point turned down an offer sheet from Montreal. Seems it was more informal, like an inquiry if Point would sign, but the player has said for a while that his goal is to stay in Tampa.
  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is apparently available via trade. Ristolainen was an 8th overall draft pick (2013) and had 43 points in 5 goals in 78 games in the 2018-19 season. Apparently the price to get the player via trade is high. The player has 3 seasons at $5.4 M /season remaining on his contract. Ristolainen has recorded at least 40 points in 4 straight seasons with the Sabres and he is just 24 years old.
  • Apparently the Canucks and the agent for RFA forward Brock Boeser are moving closer to a deal. No terms are public but I expect a 3-4 year deal in the $7 M range which would make Boeser, 22, the highest paid Canucks player. Boeser recorded 26 goals and 56 points in the 2018-19 season.
  • Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher indicated contract discussions with RFA defenseman Ivan Provorov are in a holding pattern as his agent wants to see what fellow RFA defenseman Bruins Charlie McAvoy and Blue Jackets Zach Werenski sign for. NJ Devils defenseman Will Butcher is also a RFA and in need of a new contract. In addition to Provorov, the Flyers also have to sign forward 22 year old forward Travis Konecny. He had 49 points on 24 goals in the 2018-19 season.
  • Canucks forward Loui Eriksson is hoping for a trade out of Vancouver. Canucks GM Jim Benning is apparently trying to accommodate him but Eriksson, 33, had just 29 points in 11 goals in the 2018-19 season and has 3 years left on his contract at $6 M season. Benning said Eriksson could end up in the AHL if he is not more flexible with his 10 team no trade clause.
  • Colorado has approx $16.5 M in cap space for the 2019-20 season and still have re-sign RFA forward Mikko Rantanen but, from all reports, the organization has every intention getting his name on a new deal. Their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, is one year from UFA and GM Joe Sakic said the other day, they plan to try and retain him.
  • Jets forward and RFA Patrik Laine (30 goals last season) reportedly wants a short term deal with the team. Fellow Jets forward Kyle Connor (34 goals) is also a RFA and it seems Connor is viewed as a better all around player while also being talented at goal scoring.
  • Sharks 40 year old forward Joe Thornton is expected to return for the 2019-20 season which would be his 22nd NHL season. Joe had 51 points last season on 16 goals.
  • With the Blackhawks adding goaltender Robin Lehner as a UFA signing (one year @ $5 M), the team has two goalies with one year remaining on their contract (Corey Crawford is also a UFA after the 2019-20 season). Some people say both players will be playing for a new deal in the upcoming season.
  • ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman said the other day that they are planning that defenseman Adam Boqvist turns pro in the new, 2019-20 season. Boqvist recorded 60 points on 20 goals in 54 games playing for the OHL London Knights this past season. Boqvist was a first round, 8th overall, draft selection of the Blackhawks in 2018. His brother, Jesper, was drafted in the 2nd round in the 2017 entry draft by New Jersey. Jesper is a center that will attend Devils training camp this fall.

Transactions / Signings

  • Entry Level signings
    • The following rookies signed their 3 year entry level contract:
      • 1st overall, Jack Hughes, signed with New Jersey
      • 2nd overall, Kaapo Kakko, signed with the New York Rangers
      • 3rd overall, Kirby Dach, signed with the Chicago Blackhawks
      • 4th overall, Bowen Byram (defenseman), signed with Colorado
      • 6th overall, Moritz Seider (defenseman), signed with the Red Wings
      • 7th overall, Dylan Cozens, signed with Buffalo
      • 8th overall, Philip Broberg (defenseman), signed with the Oilers
      • 11th overall, Victor Soderstrom, signed with Arizona
      • 19th overall, Lassi Thomson (defenseman), signed with Ottawa
      • 20th overall, Ville Heino (defenseman), signed with Winnipeg
      • 22th overall, Tobias Bjornfot (defenseman), signed with LA
      • 23rd overall, Simon Holmstrom, signed with the NY Islanders
      • 25th overall, Connor McMichael, signed with Washington
      • 27th overall, Nolan Foote, signed with Tampa Bay
    • Subsequent rounds (2019 Draft)
      • Washington Brett Leason signed (3 year ECL). Leason was drafted in the 2nd round, 56th overall, in 2019 and recorded 89 points in 55 games this season with Prince Albert of the WHL. Leason is 6 foot 4 and 210 pounds. Washington also signed Aliaksei Protas, who was Leason’s linemate with Prince Albert, to his 3 year ELC. Protas was drafted in the 3rd round, 91st overall.
  •  RFA’s
    • The Winnipeg Jets sign defenseman Neal Pionk to a 2 year contract at $3 M /season. Pionk was acquired in the June 17 trade that saw Jacob Trouba go to the Rangers. In 73 games with the Rangers last season, Pionk, 23, recorded 26 points (6 G & 20 A). Pionk is American and went the USA college hockey route playing NCAA hockey at Minnesota-Duluth. His salary arbitration hearing would have been Wednesday.
    • St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist signed a 4 year contract at a AAV / cap hit of $2.75 M /season. Sundqvist also had a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday. He recorded 31 points in 74 games this past season on 14 goals.
    • New Jersey signed defenseman Connor Carrick for 2 years at $1.5 M /season.
    • Washington signed RFA forward Jakub Vrana to a 2 year deal at $3.35 M /season.
    • Carolina signed forward Brock McGinn to a 2 year contract at a AAV of $2.1 M /season. In 82 games with the Hurricanes in the recent season, McGinn recorded 26 points on 10 goals. When this new 2 year deal expires, McGinn with be a UFA.
    • San Jose signed forward Kevin Labanc to a one year, $1 M contract. It was, from a GM’s point of view, a terrific negotiation by Sharks GM Doug Wilson. LaBanc had 56 points in the 2018-19 season but was just out of his entry level contract where the player had no arbitration rights. Apparently other player agents were not happy with LaBanc’s agent for accepting the low offer.
    • Montreal signed forward Artturi Lehkonen to a two year contract. The AAV on the deal is $2.4 M. He recorded 11-20-31 in 82 games in the 2018-19 season. His 31 points & 20 assists were both career highs. Lehkonen was drafted 55th overall in 2013.
    • Colorado signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a one year deal at $3.2 M. The Avs also signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a one year deal for $3.25 M. Burakovsky, 24, recorded 25 points on 12 goals with Washington in the 2018-19 season. He was acquired by the Avs on June 24, 2019 from the Caps.
    • The Canucks reached a one year contract agreement, $1.5 M deal, with forward Josh Leivo. Leivo was an RFA.
    • The Flyers signed center Scott Laughton to 2 year deal at $2.3 M /season. Laughton had 32 points in 82 Flyers games on 12 goals in the 2018-19 season.
    • St. Louis signed goaltender Jordan Binnington to a 2 year $8.8 M deal ($4.4 M /season).
    • The Sabres signed forward Johan Larsson to a one year deal at $1.55 M. Larsson is one year from being a UFA. He recorded 14 points on 6 goals in the 2018-19 season.
    • The Lightning signed 4th liner Cedric Paquette to a 2 year deal at an average annual value of $1.65 M. Paquette had 13 goals and 4 assists in 80 games this past season.
    • Las Vegas signed their back-up goaltender Malcolm Subban to a one year deal for $850,000. Subban went 8-10-2 with a 2.93 GAA, .902 SV% and one shutout in 21 games in the 2018-19 season.
    • The Bruins signed forward Danton Heinen to a two year, $5.6 M contract. Heinen recorded 11 goals and 34 points in the 2018-19 season.
    • LA signed forward Alex Iafallo (82 GP 15 G 18 A 33 Pts) to a two year contract with an average annual value of $2.425 M.
    • St. Louis signed RFA forward Zach Sanford, 24, to a two year contract at an AVV of $1.5 M. He recorded 20 points on 8 goals in 60 games in the 2018-19 season. In 8 post-season games, he recorded 4 points on one goal. The Blues also signed forward Robby Fabbri to a one year, $900,000, contract.
    • The Sabres signed RFA defenseman Zemgus Girgensons for one year at $1.6 M.
    • San Jose Sharks signed forward Dylan Gambrell (2nd round, 2016) to a two year extension at the league minimum, $700,000 / season. Also signed was Antti Suomela (AHL 47 GP 6-14-20 Pts) at $700,000.
  • UFA’s
    • The Rangers reached a seven year contract agreement with defenseman Jacob Trouba. It’s $8 M / season. Trouba starts his tenure with the Rangers as their #1 defenseman. The Rangers currently have just $1.54 M in available cap space and have to sign RFA Pavel Buchnevich, Brendan Lemieux and Tony D’Angelo. Forward Chris Kreider is one season from UFA.
    • The Sabres added UFA forward Marcus Johansson to a 2 year deal at $4.5 M / season. Johansson gets a modified no trade clause which is a list of 10 teams he can’t be traded to.
    • Montreal signed UFA defenseman Ben Chiarot to a 3 year deal at an average annual value (cap hit) of $3.5 M.
    • Carolina signed forward Ryan Dzingel to a 2 year $6.75 M contract. Dzingel said he believe he’ll fit in well as he plays fast, like the Hurricanes forward group.
    • The Habs also added forward Joel Armia on a two year contract at $2.6 M /season.
    • Anaheim added UFA defenseman Michael Del Zotto on a one year, $750,000 contract.
    • Vancouver signed forward Micheal Ferland to a 4 year deal at an average annual value of $3.5 M (or $14 M total contract value). Ferland talked to few teams (Calgary, STL and Vegas) but apparently Vancouver is the only team that offered a 4 year term.
    • Florida added former Bruins forward Noel Acciari signing him to a 3 year contract with an AAV of $1.67 M. Acciari was a 4th line forward with the Bruins in 2018-19 and recorded 6 goals and 8 assists. Panthers GM said he signed Acciari for his strong face-off skills, PK skills and physical play.
  • KHL
    • Former Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto signed a two year deal in the KHL.
    • Former Oilers forward Ty Rattie signed a one year deal in the KHL with the team former Oilers exec Craig MacTavish is coaching, Lokomotiv.
    • Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has signed a one year deal, $1.4 M, in the KHL.
  • Swiss League
    • Former Bruins/Rangers/Oilers/Canucks forward Ryan Spooner signed in the Swiss league. It’s a one year deal with HC Lugano.
  • Trade
    • The Flames and Oilers swapped underachieving forwards – Calgary gets the big & tough Milan Lucic and the Oilers get James Neal. Apparently former Flames player Jarome Iginla talked to Lucic and encouraged him to accept the move to Calgary (Iginla and Lucic are friends from their time playing with the Bruins together). The Oilers also threw in a 3rd round pick to the deal that only happens if Neal gets at least 21 goals with the Oilers and Lucic scores 10 less than Neal. The Oilers additionally retained 12.5% of Lucic salary. Neal wanted to play in the Flames top 6 group of forwards but head coach Bill Peters kept saying he had to earn it. He did not produce enough on the 3rd line and did not move up all season.
    • William Nylander’s brother, Alex, was traded from the Sabres to the Blackhawks in exchange for Henri Jokiharju. Alex Nylander apparently has high-end skill like his brother but does not work as hard to create chances. General consensus seemed to be Buffalo got the better player.
    • Montreal traded former Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw back to Chicago with a 2021 7th round draft pick. In return, Montreal gets Chicago’s 2020 second round pick, 2020 seventh round pick and 2021 third round pick.
    • Ottawa and Chicago swapped forwards with Ottawa sending Zack Smith to Chicago for Artem Anisimov. ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman said they added Smith to help improve the PK, face-off win percentages plus Smith was an assistant captain with the Senators. Smith recorded 9 goals and 19 assists last season. Smith has two season’s at $3.25 M left on his contract whereas Anisimov has one year at $4.55 M remaining. Bowman noted the Hawks needed the cap space (they gained $1.3 M in cap room in the transaction).

Retirements

  • Penguins forward Matt Cullen announced his retirement after a 21 year NHL career. Cullen won 3 Cups and played in 1516 NHL games. Cullen was the oldest active player in the league and that’s now Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (age 42).

Leafs

  • Seems the Marner contract negotiations are in a bit of a stalemate/holding pattern. A lot of the negotiations have been kept of the news but some of what I’ve heard is Marner want a 4-5 year term. If he gets a 5 year term, he gets a deal that expires and makes him an immediate UFA which teams don’t prefer to do (plus it makes Nylander, Matthews & Marner all UFA’s at the same time). Marner has said he wants to stay in Toronto. Columbus, having lost Panarin, Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, have apparently been interested in exploring a possible offer sheet with Marner’s agent but have been told the player wants a 4-5 year term or less and Columbus was looking at a 7 year term (teams are not prepared to part with 4 first round draft picks to have a player for that amount of time plus it’s believe the Leafs would match an offer sheet). From the start, Marner wanted the same deal Auston Matthews got – 5 years at $11.6 M and the player is a UFA when the contract expires. The team sees Marner more in the $9 M – $10 M range. Marner said he want to be a Leafs training camp but won’t attend with no deal in place (too much risk for him as he could get injured and have no contract in place).
  • The Leafs and defenseman Cody Ceci agreed to a one year deal at $4.5 M. Ceci is a UFA after the 2019-20 season as is Tyson Barrie and Jake Muzzin. Alex Kerfoot was signed for four years and $3.5 M /season. Kerfoot is apparently talented at tipping pucks in front of the net and converting rebounds into goals.
  • Not sure if we will see another Nylander situation like last season – an RFA that can’t agree to a deal. Seems some teams took note of last season’s Nylander negotiation and team’s don’t want players signing in Nov/Dec as Nylander was not that effective (one goal in his first 23 games after returning) when he returned (missed too much time).
  • The Leafs have approx $3.76 M in available cap space and have to do some salary cap maneuvering once they get close to an agreement with Marner. One way to free up cap space that I heard they are looking at is taking the Nathan Horton contract and calling it Long Term Injury Reserve and that will free up about $5.3 M more dollars. The team may not use the max 23 man roster but have 21 or 22 player roster due to cap problems. If Marner’s cap number is $10 M or more, is expected the team may have to make a trade to shed cap dollars.
  • The Leafs and Flames had apparently worked out a Kadri for TJ Brodie and Mark Jankowski deal but it did not go through as Calgary was on Kadri’s no trade list. Heard Kadri interviewed and he said he wanted to remain with the Leafs and he thought if he declined the trade, there would be a better chance of him staying in  Toronto. He and his wife had their first child the same week as the Colorado trade so was an emotional time for him. He said he wants to prove to the Leafs that moving him was a mistake.
  • New Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie is going to rent Kadri’s Toronto home for one season. The two players talked and each player raved to the other about the city they were leaving.
  • Seems the forward lines could look like
    • Nylander-Matthews-Andreas Johnsson
    • IIya Mikheyev*-Tavares-Marner (*replacing ACL injured Hyman to start season)
    • Trevor Moore-Kerfoot-Kasperi Kapanen
    • Nic Petan-Speeza-Nick Shore
  • Defense
    • Muzzin-Barrie
    • Rielly-Ceci
    • Harpur/Marincin-Holl
    • *Dermott on LTIR (shoulder) to start season

Canucks

  • With GM Jim Benning on the last year of his contract and the team not being in the post-season since the 2014-15 season, there is a lot of pressure there for the team to show improvement. I would bet if the team does not get a post-season spot, there is no chance GM Benning returns for the following season.
  • New additions Micheal Ferland, JT Miller, Tyler Myers have to make an impact or could be tough on Benning.
  • Starting goaltender Jacob Markstrom enters the 2019-20 season one year from UFA but his agent says Vancouver is home for Jacob and he wants to re-sign with the Canucks.
  • Bo Horvat is expected to be named the team’s captain after the position went unfilled last season.

Odds & Ends

  • Season ticket sales for the Arizona Coyotes spiked 600% in the week after Phil Kessel was traded there. The Coyotes had a 94% renewal rate for their 2019-20 season tickets which is really positive. All signs point to the Coyotes challenging for a post season spot in the 2019-20 season plus their new owner recently took over the team.
  • Bruins forward David Backes gets mentioned as a possible buyout candidate. Backes has 2 more seasons left on his contract at $6 M /season but recorded just 20 points on 7 goals in the 2018-19 season. He received a $3 M July 1 bonus and now owed $5 M for the remaining 2 years of the deal. He’s suffered with ongoing concussion problems so that could factor in on whether another team would want to acquire him.
  • Oilers first rounder (2019) Philip Broberg will play the 2019-20 season back in Sweden. There was some discussion around him joining the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs.
  • Leafs William Nylander is changing his jersey number from #29 to #88. The only other Leafs player who wore jersey #88 is Eric Lindros.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have traded every one of their first round draft picks from 2011-2017  -Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Teuvo Teravainen, Ryan Hartman, Nick Schmaltz, Henri Jokiharju. Their 3 Cups in the past 10 years seems to indicate they are all about trying to ice as strong a team as possible every season.
  • The Flyers and 32 year old forward Chris Stewart have agreed to a training camp PTO.
  • Detroit recently announced their training camp will run from September 13-16. I expect all other teams will have their camps around the same time.
  • Canucks former player Alex Burrows will have his number 14 added to the Canucks Ring of Honor on December 3, 2019 before a game against the Ottawa Senators. Burrows will join former Canucks Orland Kurtenbach, Kirk MacLean, Harold Snepsts, Thomas Gradin, Pat Quinn and Mattias Ohlund with the honor.
  • There is a 27 yo Russian winger named Anton Burdasov that is looking to sign in the NHL for the upcoming season. He had 31 points on 19 goals in 50 games in the KHL this season. He is reportedly a tough winger as he had 114 PIM’s this past season. Teams reportedly interested in the player include the Rangers, Florida Panthers & Flyers.
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