The rumors are swirling. Is it true that top free agent Nazem Kadri is headed to the New York Islanders? We at NYI Hockey Now checked in with our trusted sources, who confirmed the reports that Kadri is in fact coming to Long Island, but before that contract is official, the Islanders are trying to make the salary cap move first.
Here’s everything on Nazem Kadri as well as other top stories from around the National Hockey Now Network:
NYI Hockey Now: As the days pass and the silence around Nazem Kadri grows stronger, the more the New York Islanders emerge as the winning team for the talented forward. Until an official report is made, everything you see and hear about Nazem Kadri in a New York Islanders uniform is speculation. This past weekend, I spoke to someone very close to the Nazem Kadri situation, who shared that Kadri was Long Island bound, with the question just being when.
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.
Boston Hockey Now: Is Milan Lucic the missing link to the 2011 Boston Bruins reunion tour Bruins team president Cam Neely and general manager Don Sweeney are trying to book for the 2022-23 season?
Philly Hockey Now: There is a relatively new stat to measure a goalie’s true value, which is Goals Saved Above Expected. And it shows that the Philadelphia Flyers’ Carter Hart needs to improve significantly this season.
Washington Hockey Now: The last couple of years have by no means been easy for former Washington Capitals blueliner Michal Kempny, who suffered three significant left leg injuries that ultimately led to him going from a top-4 blueliner to a regular scratch. Now a member of the Seattle Kraken, this is his last chance at the NHL level.
Detroit Hockey Now: Red Wings of Tomorrow is assessing every prospect in the Detroit Red Wings system and what they are projecting to be in the future. We’ll be looking at the strengths and weaknesses of their game, as well as what the future holds for them as they advance through the Detroit organization. Today, we look at left wing Maxmilian Kilpinen.
Montreal Hockey Now: Whether or not Carey Price is ready to start again when the Montreal Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 12, Samuel Montembeault plans to be ready if his team needs him. Jake Allen suffered a groin injury towards the end of the 2021-22 season but was expected to be ready for training camp.
Vegas Hockey Now: In 2017-18, the Vegas Golden Knights shocked the hockey world by making a run all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year of existence. They lost to the Washington Capitals in five games but turned heads as nobody expected a first-year expansion team to be as good as the VGK were. Now let’s compare that first season for the Vegas Golden Knights, compared to the Seattle Kraken’s inaugural season.
San Jose Hockey Now: Good news, Nikolai Knyzhov is skating. That’s what San Jose Hockey Now’s Lizz Child reported two weeks ago while taking in San Jose Sharks development camp. Knyzhov has also been making the rounds in the community, making an appearance at Extra Hour Training, a comprehensive off-ice hockey training facility (and SJHN sponsor) located just minutes from Sharks Ice.
Vancouver Hockey Now: Canucks of Tomorrow is assessing every prospect in the Vancouver Canucks system and what they are projecting to be in the future. We’ll be looking at the strengths and weaknesses of their game, as well as what the future holds for them if and when they advance through the Vancouver organization. Today, we feature Brady Keeper.