NYHN Daily: Islanders Working to Keep Bailey from Seattle & More
When the New York Islanders protection list came out, there were notable players missing. Lifelong Islanders forward Josh Bailey was not being protected along with top-line winger Jordan Eberle. Sources have told NYI Hockey Now that the Seattle Kraken want to take Bailey from the Islanders. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is working to make sure that Bailey remains on the island.
This story and more in today’s daily links!
New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is vehemently working to keep Josh Bailey out of the clutches of the Seattle Kraken, a source has told NYI Hockey Now. Ron Francis and Seattle have been eying Bailey for his leadership for the fledgling franchise, but Lamoriello and the Islanders have been trying to steer them towards taking Jordan Eberle, according to an NHL Source close to the conversations between the two teams. Seattle is so high on Bailey that if he was to be picked that giving him an “A” or even making him captain wouldn’t be out of the question. (NYI Hockey Now)
The New York Islanders shocked a few people by exposing Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey in Wednesday’s NHL Expansion Draft, but it doesn’t mean that it will be who the Seattle Kraken end up taking. (NYI Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins will kick off their 2021-22 preseason in the Nation’s capital on Sunday, September 26 in the first of two preseason games against public enemy No.1 Tom Wilson and the Washington Capitals. The two teams will also square off in their respective preseason finales at TD Garden on Wednesday, October 6. Thanks in large part to a Tom Wilson cheap shot on Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, the Bruins, and the Capitals formed a heated rivalry in the 2021 abbreviated 56-game schedule. (Boston Hockey Now)
It may be the surest sign that normalcy is around the corner. The Pittsburgh Penguins released their 2021-22 preseason schedule on Monday. There will be the same-old-same-old teams like Buffalo and Columbus, but the highlight of the preseason will return.
The always loud, always raucous, and always high-pitched Free Game for Kids will return on Oct. 3 when the Penguins host the Detroit Red Wings. Game time is 1 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena. It is the team’s 10th annual “Free Game For Kids.” (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Philadelphia Flyers have a new man behind the bench. Darryl Williams will join Alain Vigneault‘s coaching staff as an assistant coach, the Flyers announced on Monday. Williams joins Mike Yeo, Michel Therrien, Kim Dillabaugh and Adam Patterson on the staff. The Flyers had a vacant assistant coach position with Ian Laperriere becoming the Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach. Williams fills that hole. Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher hinted at a few personnel moves coming during his press conference last week. (Philly Hockey Now)
Three years after losing two players to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, there is a report the Florida Panthers have a deal in place with the Seattle Kraken in which it would not only sign pending free agent goalie Chris Driedger, but get forward Frank Vatrano for doing so. Frank Seravalli, formerly of TSN and now with the Daily Faceoff, reported on his latest podcast that he heard Vatrano would be part of a side deal with Seattle. (Florida Hockey Now)
For Brian MacLellan and the Washington Capitals, the most difficult decision for the Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft came at the blue line. Considering they could only protect three defensemen, the Capitals knew they risked losing a big name; it was just a matter of who. In the end, they didn’t want that to be Trevor van Riemsdyk. In addition to John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov, the Capitals chose to protect JvR over Justin Schultz, Brenden Dillon and Nick Jensen. That being said, it appears more likely Seattle takes Schultz, a top-4 blueliner with offensive acumen and puck-moving prowess. (Washington Hockey Now)
Detroit Hockey Now polled a scout, two general managers, two broadcasters, four journalists, an ex-NHL player and a former team executive and 54.5% of them think defenseman Troy Stecher will be the Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft pick from Detroit. Six of the 11 panelists took Stecher. Defenseman Dennis Cholowski received two votes and left wing Evgeny Svechnikov, center Vladimir Namestnikov and Danny Dekeyser received one vote each. (Detroit Hockey Now)
Since the Avalanche traded Ryan Graves to the New Jersey Devils last week, a lot of you have probably asked “Who is Mikhail Maltsev and what kind of player can we expect him to be?” I pretty much had the same questions. So, I asked a currently employed NHL scout who has seen Maltsev play a lot and got this answer. (Colorado Hockey Now)
What will Adin Hill sign for? It might be more than you expect. The San Jose Sharks acquired the 25-year-old RFA from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, sending prospect Josef Korenar and a 2022 second-round pick for Hill and a 2022 seventh-round pick. While Hill made just $800,000 last year — not to mention that he’s been an back-up for the first four seasons of his NHL career — he looks to be in line for a big bump in pay. (San Jose Hockey Now)
The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck will do more than reveal the initial roster of the Seattle Kraken. It will celebrate the NHL’s 32nd team ahead of its 2021-22 inaugural season and show off the city of Seattle on Wednesday. (NHL)
Luke Prokop made history Monday, becoming the first player under contract to an NHL team to come out as gay. The Nashville Predators defenseman prospect came out in a social media post. “Hi everyone. While the past year and a half has been crazy, it has also given me the chance to find my true self. I am no longer scared to hide who I am. “Today I am proud to publicly tell everyone that I am gay.” (NHL)
The Seattle Kraken will select 30 players during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck on Wednesday. The Kraken must choose one player from each of the 30 participating teams (the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt), including at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. Additionally, at least 20 of their selections must already be under contract for next season, with an aggregate value of at least 60 percent ($48.9 million) of the $81.5 million NHL salary cap. (NHL)
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button joins host Gino Reda to discuss whether or not the Seattle Kraken should take Carey Price in the expansion draft, who he’d look at on the blue line and up front in addition to his thoughts on Kyle Dubas’ decision to acquire Jared McCann and what it could mean for Alex Kerfoot. (TSN)