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New York Islanders Forward Frans Nielsen

Was former New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen one of the greatest shootout specialists of all time? Did Islanders prospect Simon Holmström find his game in 2022-23? We all must stand up for Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri.

These stories and more in today’s daily links!2

Prior to the start of the 2022 IIHF World Championships, former New York Islanders forward and Denmark leader Frans Nielsen announced that the tournament would signify the end of his hockey career. That day came Tuesday as Denmark played their seventh and final preliminary round game, losing 7-1 to Slovakia. Denmark went 4-3 in the tournament and will not be advancing. (NYI Hockey Now)

New York Islanders prospect, forward Simon Holmström, turned 21 on Tuesday. Remembering your 21st birthday is probably a tough ask but instead of that, let’s look back at the season Holmstrom had for the Bridgeport Islanders, his third season in North America. (NYI Hockey Now)

Will Bruins general manager Don Sweeney also be in the market for a defenseman or two as well, just as he was at the NHL Trade Deadline when he acquired Hampus Lindholm? The top pairing of Lindholm and Charlie McAvoy could wind being one of the best top pairings in the NHL next season but there are some big question marks in the bottom six for the Boston Bruins. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are not yet establishing a base for any post-Crosby era. Signing Bryan Rust on Saturday seemed to be less of a divining rod of future intentions and more effort to remain competitive right now. Whether or not Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin return, Penguins GM Ron Hextall said the team is trying to win now. It’s still about a Stanley Cup, and FSG ownership is on board with Hextall’s vision. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Of all the players who were with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season, center Tanner Laczynski — who is trying to get back to speed after surgery to both hips in a six-month period — has the best chance to stick with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2022-23. (Philly Hockey Now)

Hindsight is 20/20 and when it comes to the moves the Florida Panthers made this season, there are plenty of naysayers around these parts today. Had Florida made a deeper run in the playoffs, no one would be looking back at the many trades general manager Bill Zito made at the deadline. But now? Yeah. (Florida Hockey Now)

For Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, summer vacation will end a bit earlier, as he plans to move up his training and start preparing for the 2022-23 NHL season sooner rather than later. The Great 8 told the Russian outlet sports.ru that he will begin his training nearly a month earlier than he has in the past. (Washington Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers were swept in the 2nd round by the by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and their loss could help the Montreal Canadiens improve the draft rank of their second 1st round pick acquired from the Calgary Flames. (Montreal Hockey Now)

After the Avalanche’s charter flight landed in Denver Tuesday afternoon, coach Jared Bednar said he had gotten wind of displayed examples of the venomous, ignorant and racist attacks and threats made against Nazem Kadri. “I haven’t seen them yet,” Bednar said.  “I mean, it was tough on him for a while and it’s something, like I said, that’s completely unnecessary. Something he shouldn’t have to go through, ever.” (Colorado Hockey Now)

On Tuesday, longtime NHL veteran Frans Nielsen retired from the game of hockey. Nielsen has no real connections to the Vegas Golden Knights. But his name being in the news gave Owen Krepps a perfect segway into a discussion he wanted to have this offseason regarding the VGK. (Vegas Hockey Now)

There are six prospects that these two scouts both agreed wouldn’t be there for the Sharks at No. 11 as of now: Forwards Shane Wright, Logan Cooley, Juraj Slavkofsky, and Cutter Gauthier, and defensemen Simon Nemec and David Jiricek. Beyond that, it’s a bit of a crapshoot. Keep in mind that not all of the following prospects will be available to the Sharks. But what are some names that will be? (San Jose Hockey Now)

A horrific first period, a stellar second and a heartbreaking third. The Calgary Flames now find themselves on the brink of elimination after a 5-3 loss in Game 4 to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. (Calgary Hockey Now)

Canucks Roll Call is assessing every player who held a significant place in the fortunes of the 2021-22 Vancouver Canucks season. We’ll be looking at the highs and lows they experienced during the recent campaign, as well as what the future holds for them in Vancouver. We start with the club’s free agents and for this one we feature the most intriguing question: Brock Boeser. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

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