Good morning folks! Hope everyone survived the latest Monday. It was a busy one for me for sure, but a fun one nevertheless.
Monday night, I hopped on with Hockey DB for a quick chat about Nazem Kadri before hopping on the Young Guns podcast to discuss Kadri, along with other players that could potentially have been/be on the New York Islanders radar.
The podcast was live but don’t worry, you can still watch: HERE
Other New York Islanders-related news, prospect William Dufour will represent Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Championship.
Dufour will be representing Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. 👏 pic.twitter.com/A1hzdNF3Ct
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) August 1, 2022
Now let’s get to the important stories from Monday, shall we?
NYI Hockey Now: It seems that the one thing holding back the New York Islanders officially signing top-flight free agent Nazem Kadri is their salary cap situation. If Kadri is coming in, who is going out? And what could the contracts of Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov look like?
NYI Hockey Now: From Sunday, we discuss the latest on the New York Islanders and Nazem Kadri and what we are hearing. Adrian Dater, who covers the Colorado Avalanche for Colorado Hockey Now, chimed in on what went down between Kadri and the Avalanche in terms of his return.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: For the second straight summer, it appears New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello has a contract stashed away in his top drawer, hidden from his competitors so that he can maneuver his salary cap situation and the NHL trade market to a more favorable spot. Nazem Kadri is this summer’s dirty secret for the Islanders, who figure to get much better and challenge the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metro Division.
Boston Hockey Now: Could fans attending TD Garden for Boston Bruins games this coming season be able to take part in NHL betting at sports betting kiosks situated by concessions stands? That might be a bit down the road, but it sounds like sports gambling is going to be legal in Massachusetts real soon.
Washington Hockey Now: Following a strong rookie campaign that saw him take on a top-pairing role for the Washington Capitals, defenseman Martin Fehervary looks ready to come back stronger in his sophomore year — literally.
Florida Hockey Now: After playing for Team Canada in the World Juniors in December, Florida Panthers prospect Justin Sourdif will not play in the rescheduled event. The IIHF World Junior Championship was canceled last year due to a widespread Covid outbreak and was later rescheduled to August.
Detroit Hockey Now: After watching defenseman Moritz Seider dominate in the Swedish Hockey League in 2020-21, the Detroit Red Wings brass was confident he would earn a roster spot last fall. General manager Steve Yzerman was less sure about Lucas Raymond. He was younger and less experienced than Seider.
Vegas Hockey Now: Welcome to a new mini-series here at Vegas Hockey Now, where we will be looking at the Vegas Golden Knights current depth chart in specific positions. With little going on right now in the hockey world, we will be starting a new series. Betway will soon release odds for the NHL next season. Owen Krepps dives into the goaltending depth in his latest.
San Jose Hockey Now: Scott Fitzgerald is taking on an unusual role with the San Jose Sharks. Fitzgerald, formerly Chief College Scout for the Boston Bruins, is now the Director of Player Personnel. According to the San Jose Sharks’ press release, Fitzgerald “will focus on pro and amateur scouting, including potential top-two round selections at the NHL Draft and college free agents.”
Vancouver Hockey Now: The Vancouver Canucks won’t be delving into the NHL free agent market until they free up some cash, if they jump in at all. They may only want or need to make a trade or two before training camp in September. Either way, it’s fascinating to see some of the names that are still on the market.
Calgary Hockey Now: All is quiet on the Calgary Flames front. But with Andrew Mangiapane’s arbitration hearing set for Friday, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Will the Flames sign him before then?