Good morning. My name is Andrew Fantucchio. It’s Thursday, August 10, and here’s what I’m focused on around the NHL today.
The Other Side of the Coin for the Islanders:
Earlier this week, I wrote that the road to the playoffs will not be easy for the New York Islanders this year.
There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic, but also just as many to be worried.
Karlsson Arrives in Pittsburgh:
Erik Karlsson had his introductory press conference with the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday, where Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dave Molinari was on hand.
Maple Leafs Add Depth in Goal:
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed free agent goalie Martin Jones to a one-year contract.
🖊 We’ve signed goaltender Martin Jones to a one-year contract
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 9, 2023
Jones, 33, started 42 games for the Seattle Kraken last season, posting a .886% save percentage and 2.99 GAA. A 10-year NHL veteran, Jones won the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2014 and has also spent time with the San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers.
Blackhawks Bid Farewell to Late Owner:
Rocky Wirtz, the longtime owner of the Chicago Blackhawks, passed away on July 25 at the age of 70. On Wednesday, the franchise paid its final respects during a ceremony at the United Center.
More From National Hockey Now:
New Jersey: The son of a former NHLer has signed with the Devils.
Carolina: The Hurricanes made a trade to acquire David Kase from the Flyers.
Boston: For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Bruins are preparing to start the season without a true No. 1 center
Florida: Goaltending will either be a major strength or a real question mark for the Florida Panthers
Montreal: Jeff Petry is back with the Canadiens. But for how long?
Vegas: Expectations are high for Adin Hill after helping the Golden Knights win the Stanely Cup
Los Angeles: Three bold predictions for the Kings this season