Rosner Wrap: Islanders Still in on Kadri? Mayfield the Mentor & More
Good morning and happy Sunday! Enjoy the cloud covering today, but remember sunscreen is a need. Anyway…the more time passes, the more it seems like Nazem Kadri will be donning a New York Islanders sweater in 2022-23. Given the Islanders roster construction as of today, Scott Mayfield will likely have to play a mentor role this upcoming season.
These stories and more in today’s Rosner Wrap:
NYI Hockey Now: It’s been over two weeks, and the highly touted Nazem Kadri has yet to sign with an NHL team, officially. On the latest ‘32 Thoughts‘ podcast, hosted by Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek, Friedman shared that the New York Islanders are still in on Nazem Kadri and also shared some information about Noah Dobson.
NYI HockeY Now: The talk has been about the New York Islanders’ top-four defensemen, Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock, Noah Dobson, and Romanov. But there has been little talk about the importance of Scott Mayfield in the equation. Mayfield will face a critical, new role in 2022-23 as he is likely to serve as a mentor.
NYI Hockey Now: The acquisition of Alexander Romanov at the 2022 NHL Draft made the New York Islanders backend younger, but is pairing him with Noah Dobson the right move, or would that create an imbalance?
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: If the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to do any sort of damage in 2022-23,, they will need there top players like Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang to step up. But like with every team, you need those other guys, those depth pieces to show up as well, as their performances ae usually the ones that make or break a season. Dave Molinari has more in his latest.
Philly Hockey Now: For better or worse, the Philadelphia Flyers‘ roster is coming together. They signed another of their restricted free agents Friday, 23-year-old right winger Owen Tippett, to a two-year deal that has an annual $1.5 million cap hit. Tippet was part of the Claude Giroux trade to the Florida Panthers at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline.
Montreal Hockey Now: Evgenii Dadonov was dealt at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline but because of improper paperwork filing, his trade to the Ottawa Senators was voided as that was a team on his no-trade list. This summer Dadonov was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens, legally, for Shea Weber who will never play an NHL game again. Dadonov doesn’t want to be known for being the piece that went to Montreal for their former captain.
Washington Hockey Now: Washington Capitals captain T.J. Oshie returned to his roots on Saturday, as he made his way to Warroad, Minnesota to see his high school number raised to the rafters. The Warroad Warriors retired 35-year-old’s No. 19 following Oshie’s historic tenure and continued success at the NHL level. Oshie also hit the links back home, and played some golf before heading to the ceremony.
Florida Hockey Now: Last week, Florida Hockey Now debuted a new series — the Florida Panthers Temp Check — where they provided some analysis on some hot takes you shared with them on Twitter. You guys gave them a lot. So much so a Part 2 was warranted.
Colorado Hockey Now: As each day passes, it seems more and more unlikely that Nazem Kadri wil be returning to the Mile High city. But the Avalanche still need a center and with what is transpiring with the Chicago Blackhawks, in terms of their rebuild, and their captain Jonathan Toews not wanting to be a part of it, could the Colorado Avalanche acquire the three-time Stanley Cup champion?
San Jose Hockey Now: The family and friends of Bryan Marchment gathered to say goodbye to “Mush” recently in Oshawa. Marchment, 53, died of natural causes on Jul. 6 in Montreal, a day before the NHL Draft at Bell Centre. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman attended the funeral and described what it was like.
Calgary Hockey Now: With the departures of Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, but the additions of Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Weegar, what could the Calgary Flames lineup look like in 2022-23?
Vancouver Hockey Now: It’s unfortunate, but the 2022 version of Team Canada at the World Juniors that start August 9th in Edmonton will carry the weight of the Hockey Canada scandal news that coincides. ‘Cover-ups’, ‘scandals’, pick a synonym, either way, the ongoing drama and trauma that’s been unfolding in Canada’s Parliament and with investigators in multiple jurisdictions will undoubtedly cast a shadow during the tournament proceedings.