The New York Islanders were linked to St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko for much of the offseason but a trade coming between the two seems rather unlikely. “The Maven” Stan Fischler, broadcaster for the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders is heading to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
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NHL training camps are only a few weeks away and Vladimir Tarasenko is still a member of the St. Louis Blues. It seemed all but certain that the star forward would have been shipped out of town by now, but there seems to be the real chance that St. Louis opens camp with Tarasenko there. Tarasenko had been linked to the New York Islanders for much of the offseason and as both teams remained quiet on the free agency market in the early days of the offseason, many speculated something had been in the works. Right now it’s hard to see that still being the case. (NYI Hockey Now)
Longtime Islanders, Rangers and Devils broadcaster Stan Fischler is finally a Hall of Famer. USA Hockey announced on Thursday that Fischler, along with Paul Holmgren and Peter McNab, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2021. (Newsday)
As the Islanders approach their 50th anniversary, there are countless memories from the team’s history from their inaugural season of 1972-73 to the rise of the Stanley Cup dynasty from 1980 to 1983 to so many ups and downs and to where the franchise is now as a championship contender and heading into their new home UBS Arena. Through the years, aside from the brief switch to the fisherman jerseys, the one constant for the franchise has been the team’s iconic logo that has been beloved by generations of Islanders fans. Over the years, there have been two different versions of just how the Islanders logo was created and there have been questions as to who designed the logo and how long it took to create the logo from start to finish. (NY SportsDay)
There’s an unmistakable feeling of “change” in the air with the Boston Bruins as they ready for the start of another NHL campaign. heir iconic defenseman Zdeno Chara has been out of the picture for a couple of years now, and David Krejci has gone to play in the Czech Republic with no guarantees that he’ll ever come back to play in Boston as a 35-year-old center in the twilight of his playing career. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Sidney Crosby surgery in the weeks before training camp seemingly kicked open the door to concern and intense discussions about the biggest issue facing the future of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Like most of you, I assume or assumed, the Penguins’ core would continue together for several more years until it ended naturally as the core players retired and Crosby played on until he was 40 or beyond. It doesn’t feel like that today, does it? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
USA Hockey announced on Thursday that Paul Holmgren will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2021. “I am deeply humbled and enormously grateful to be bestowed this honor by USA Hockey,” said Holmgren. “Growing up in Minnesota, and reflecting as far back as I can remember, United States hockey is a program that I have looked up to and always strived to be a part of,” (Philly Hockey Now)
The Detroit Red Wings’ revered Grind Line will be honored with the Michigan Hall of Fame’s Treasure Award at its Oct. 1 induction The Grind Line consists of Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, and either Darren McCarty or Joe Kocur. All four players will be honored. The line actually won the award for 2020. However, the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the traditional Michigan Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (Detroit Red Wings)
Enough time has passed since Marc-Andre Fleury left Las Vegas for Chicago that we can rationally look at things for the Vegas Golden Knights. As you are painfully aware, Fleury and his $7 million salary was shipped to Chicago in exchange for a career minor leaguer, who was subsequently waived. In essence, Fleury was gifted to the Blackhawks for nothing in return. By comparison, veteran tough guy Ryan Reaves fetched a third-round draft pick from the New York Rangers. (Vegas Hockey Now)
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