We are a few days away from the 2022 NHL Draft and things are starting to heat up. What’s the latest on Pittsburgh and their Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang decision? Did Boston make the right move hiring Jim Montgomery? What’s next for New York Islanders prospect William Dufour?
These stories and more in today’s daily links!
On Friday, I joined the “Inside the Press Box” podcast as I chatted with Colby Guy and Sammi Silber about ethics in hockey, my experiences this past season, and my nightmarish, yet funny, story from my trip to Buffalo.
NYI Hockey Now: We have reached the first of July, which signifies the start of the first buyout period for NHL general managers. Teams have until 5 PM ET on July 12 to make their buyout decisions, the day before the start of free agency. The New York Islanders have no one to buy out.
NYI Hockey Now: New York Islanders prospect William Dufour’s QMJHL career has come to an end. Was his 2021-22 season just one of magic, or can he showcase that lethal shot and clutch performance on a much bigger stage? William Dufour will be in Bridgeport this upcoming season.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: We are at the point where Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall needs to sign Evgeni Malkin and/or Kris Letang or move on. Per Director of Hockey Ops Brian Burke, the Penguins are waiting on Malkin and Letang, before anything else can be done.
Florida Hockey Now: Former Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner was fired by the San Jose Sharks after three years behind their bench. Elliotte Freidman and Pierre LeBrun were the first to report the news.
Philly Hockey Now: Brad Shaw is leaving the Vancouver Canucks’ coaching staff and joining the Philadelphia Flyers. The Canucks announced that Shaw will join the Flyers as an associate coach; he will be reunited with their new head coach John Tortorella.
Boston Hockey Now: Of the choices that the Boston Bruins had to be their next head coach, Jim Montgomery was hands down the best possible selection. Boston Hockey Now was among the first outlets to report Jim Montgomery’s hiring, which is believed to be a three-year contract that will give the Boston Bruins a good window into his ability to keep things moving forward in the right direction.
Montreal Hockey Now: The NHL trade market is starting to heat up with under a week to go until the 2022 NHL Draft and then the start of free agency on July 13. If Carey Price isn’t back with the Montreal Canadiens next season, who could or better yet, who should be their starting goalie for the 2022-23 season and potentially the next few?
Washington Hockey Now: The Washington Capitals are gearing up for the 2022-23 season, and as they await their 82-game slate, they have their preseason schedule laid out in front of them.
Vegas Hockey Now: The Stanley Cup has been awarded, the draft is less than a week away, free agency less than two, and the first buyout window of the summer has opened up. It is officially trade season in the National Hockey League and the period of time where general managers make some of the boldest moves. It’s time for the Vegas Golden Knights to trade William Karlsson before it’s too late.
San Jose Hockey Now: Here comes a new challenger? Mike Grier and Ray Whitney have already been named as “probably” finalists for the San Jose Sharks general manager position. There’s also an unidentified third finalist. Could Scott Mellanby be the third?
Vancouver Hockey Now: Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau spoke to Vancouver Hockey Now Friday evening and discussed the announcements of his new coaching staff and the signing of winger Brock Boeser to a new three-year deal.
Sportsnet: An interesting list, and I believe I’ll have more to say. Patric Hornqvist made the list. Here’s one take–the top five buyout candidates in the NHL.