We are just ten days away from the New York Islanders opening game of the NHL season against the Carolina Hurricanes. Zach Parise looks to be getting acclimated with linemate Jean-Gabriel Pageau as he looks to have a strong campaign for the Islanders after being bought out by the Minnesota Wild this past offseason. The NHL would like to have a word with Robin Lehner on his recent statement.
These stories and more in today’s daily links!
When the Islanders signed Zach Parise to a one-year deal, he seemed like a perfect fit on the third line, alongside Jean-Gabriel Pageau. So far it looks like the two players are working well together, as Parise gets acclimated to his new linemate, a linemate he has been with for most of training camp and one that was on display in preseason game number three. (Newsday)
The Boston Bruins headed into the preseason not knowing who the starting netminder was going to be. Jeremy Swayman dazzled in his first NHL season, but it would be a battle with Linus Ullmark, who signed a four-year deal this past offseason. So far, Swayman is winning the battle. (Boston Hockey Now)
There have been two posivite COVID-19 tests within the Pittsburgh Penguins organization which has forced the players, coaches, and management to revert back to the protocols of last season. Zach Ashton-Reese and Jake Guentzel are the two players and the goal right now is keeping this contained as the regular season approaches. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
There was a chance for Joel Quenneville to showase the Florida Panthers new and improved top power-pllay unit against the Dallas Stars. Because of the 4-0 score at the time, and the fact that the Stars had dressed many AHLers, Quennenville did not want to do that to his opponent. Later in the game, he would have rolled out his best but at that moment, after scoring three goals in six minutes, he thought it would just be wrong. (Florida Hockey Now)
The Washington Capitals announced another round of cuts on Sunday after training camp. 34 players remain at camp, as Washington assigned Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Brett Leason and Joe Snively to the AHL’s Hershey Bears. Jonsson-Fjallby will have to clear waivers first. Connor McMichael and Hendrix Lapierre still remain as they fight for a roster spot. (Washington Hockey Now)
On Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 4-1. Michael Rasmussen was suppose to play in this preseason game but due to injury he was unable to participate. Goaltneder Alex Nedeljkovic has struggled this preseason, but head coach Jeff Blashill is not too concerned. Jordan Oesterle is being overlooked by many, but he can be an effective player on the backend this season. (Detroit Hockey Now)
Vegas Golden Knights netminder Robin Lehner does not hold back when discussing things that bothers him. Last season, he was actively speaking out about the COVID-19 protocols after being vaccinated. This offseason has been more about the Jack Eichel situation in Buffalo, a situation that he had to deal with when he was a member of the organization. With the latest news about Nolan Patrick coming tot he surface, in regards to meds he was given to fight head injury, Lehner spoke out and now the NHL wants a word. (Vegas Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalanche have been Stanley Cup contenders for a few years now. This season will be the 32nd season in Deniver and over that time the sport of hockey, especially the youth game in Coloraod, has grown. Where do the Avalanche fit on the Denver sport scene? (Colorado Hockey Now)
Offseason acquisition Adin Hill left practice with an injury as he took a puck off the wrist on a 2 on 1. It seemed to be a stinger, but the goaltender who was supposed to start the next preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks, will likely be unable to play as we wait for the results. “I’m sure there’s some swelling and stuff in there, but I don’t think it’s anything too serious,” head coach Boughner offered. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning said forward Brock Boeser would miss the rest of the preseason due to injury. Brandon Sutter will not be ready for the start of the regular season. Tyler Motte is still recuperating from off-season surgery and won’t be available. Benning said he expects defenceman Travis Hamonic to join the club at some point but provided no details. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
The city of El Paso won the Kraft Hockey USA 2020 competition, but due to COVID-19, the game had been delayed. But it was worth the wait as the game occurred on Sunday, with the Coyotes falling 3-1 to the Stars. Regardless, it was a great experience for the fans said many players and coaches. (NHL)
The Vancouver Canucks have officially locked up Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hghes, their two RFA’s who had been holding out as training camp and preseason continued to roll on. Pettersson signed a a three-year, $22 million contract while Hughes agreed to a six-year, $47.1 million contract. These two players had been skating with one another away from the team, but they are happy the contracts are behind them and look forward to joining the team. (NHL)
Last month, countries sending hockey teams to the Beijing Olympics were asked to declare three players that were to be on their roster. For Team Canada, general manager Doug Armstrong and his staff chose Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman, assistant captain, Alex Pietrangelo. It was a straightforward choice said Armstrong. (NHL)
The Montreal Canadiens sign forward Jake Evans to a three-year extension worth $1.7 million annually. The deal will keep him under contract to 2025. He had 13 points in 47 games and had a goal and one assist in seven postseason games. (TSN)
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