A year after seeing one of their own in Sebastian Aho offer sheeted by the Montreal Canadiens, the Carolina Hurricanes get their revenge as they offer sheet Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Now Montreal has a tough decision to make which will have consequences despite the decision.
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Jesperi Kotkaniemi signed an offer sheet with the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. It is for a one-year, $6.1 million contract. The Montreal Canadiens have until Sept. 4 to match the offer and keep the restricted free agent forward or they will receive a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the NHL Draft as compensation from the Hurricanes. (NHL)
Philadelphia Flyers hockey is back. Development Camp is set to begin on Sunday at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees, NJ. A total of 29 players are scheduled to attend the camp, ranging from 18-year-olds through first-year professionals in the Flyers organization. The roster includes 20 Flyers draft picks, including three first-round selections and four of the team’s 2021 selections. (Philly Hockey Now)
Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes were both able to sign two of their key young players to long-term contract extensions. The Florida Panthers are expected to announce a new contract for star center Sasha Barkov in the coming weeks. Philadelphia signed top center Sean Couturier to an eight-year contract extension worth $62 million; Carolina inked Andrei Svechnikov to the same deal. (Florida Hockey Now)
As Martin Fehervary continues his journey to making the Washington Capitals’ main roster, he will have to overcome an obstacle in the form of an injury. Before training camp, Fehervary was set to lace ’em up for Slovakia in the 2021 men’s final Olympic qualification tournament. However, according to sport.sk, he suffered a “minor muscle injury which requires a week’s break” (translated via Google Translate). Martin Bucko replaced him at the tournament. (Washington Hockey Now)
Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill likes what the team has done during the NHL offseason. He’s convinced that the club is trending positively. As to how quickly the Wings will get to where fans want them to be – back in the Stanley Cup playoffs – Blashill is less certain. “We think we’re headed in the right direction,” Blashill said. “Now what does that mean? (Detroit Hockey Now)
Every year, Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby do some kind of commercial for Tim Horton’s, the legendary coffee and donuts chain that operates mostly out of Canada. This year’s ad, as you can see, features them in Team Canada jerseys – which they should be wearing together on the same team, provided NHL players go to the Olympics in 2022 (a decision on that is expected to come by early next week, and it’s expected they’ll go). (Colorado Hockey Now)
Nick Kypreos is not just multi-media, he’s multi-genre. After leaving Sportsnet TV prior to last season, the former NHL player and Stanley Cup champ with the 1994 New York Rangers established the popular “Real Kyper” podcast, released a book about his unlikely hockey career entitled Undrafted – Hockey, Family, and What it Takes to be a Pro, and helped start his wife’s beverage company “Little Buddha Cocktail Co.” that makes specialized mixed drinks in a can. Catching up with the outspoken Kypreos for the international hockey newsletter Hockey Wanderlüst, we had a chance to mix some Vancouver Canucks analysis into the conversation. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
It’s a new day in Markham, Ontario; Steven Stamkos Day, that is. Frank Scarpitti, the longtime mayor of the Tampa Bay Lightning captain’s hometown made the declaration on Saturday at a ceremony in Markham’s Unionville neighborhood. “Proud to proclaim Steven Stamkos Day in the City of Markham,” Scarpitti wrote on Twitter. “Today, the pride of Unionville celebrates his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Markham.” (NHL)
Tom Wilson: The two dirtiest words in the Rangers’ language. Even as the Blueshirts go about their business preparing for their 2021-22 season, which opens in Washington on Oct. 13 with an under-the-spotlights matchup that will mark TNT’s first nationally televised NHL game, it will be on head coach Gerard Gallant to ensure that his team does not become engulfed by an obsession with Public Enemy No. 1, whose dangerously unhinged aggression on the Garden ice May 3 triggered an organizational convulsion. (NY Post)
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