I can’t believe it’s July already. To quote the great Darren Pang: “Holy jumpin’!”
Happy Canada Day to our friends north of the border. Usually this is the first day of a brand new NHL calendar year, the first day of the free hand. And then all Canadian writers scurry to their cottages on Lake Louise for margaritas.
This year, however, it’s just another business day in the past NHL season; the last days of the NHL calendar year, the days before the draft. There’s always so much intrigue and gossip about what’s about to happen on the draft floor, but it doesn’t come to fruition nearly as often.
So far we’ve only seen one big trade. There are many rumors about other star players. It remains to be seen who actually moves.
- We want to hear from you. Not really! Take this short survey of what islanders should be doing this summer and some legends of the islands. [LHH]
- In the media’s endless attempts to get GMs and RFAs to agree to offer datasheets, here are the numbers (on the ice and in salary terms) that teams should aim for. Unsurprisingly, Noah Dobson was first on the list. [The Athletic]
- I have no idea what the Isles are doing in the draft, but the team site set up Draft Central so you can follow through to the draft. [Islanders]
This (yesterday) day in the history of the islands: The islanders drafted Ryan Pulock and traded for Cal Clutterbuck.
- William Dufour, Solemn Champion.
Player Movements (or Non-Movements)
- Here’s one that blew my mind: The Tampa Bay Lightning are teaming up with Ryan McDonagh, who has a full NMC, to find him a new home. He’s expensive and a bit older, but man, this left-hander would be the perfect partner for Dobson. [Sportsnet]
- The Lightning McDonagh are reportedly looking to reschedule so they can sign upcoming UFAs Nick Paul and Ondrej Palat. Sounds like they nailed the Paul deal:
Nick Paul’s hearing renewal at TB will come after 7 years at just over $3 million AAV
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2022
- Kevin Fiala immediately signed a seven-year deal with his new team. The Los Angeles Kings will take on a $7.9 million cap hit to pay Fiala. [NHL]
- The Winnipeg Jets off-season revolves around Pierre-Luc Dubois. Given the New York Rangers and Montréal Canadiens’ keen interest in the center and his desire not to stay around, it’s likely he’ll be traded sometime this year. [Sportsnet]
- News dump from Pierre LeBrun: Canadians still haven’t settled on a first overall win; the devils can barter; the Maple Leafs would trade the rights of Ilya Mikheyev; Fiala trading should add some steam to Alex DeBrincat’s trade talks. [The Athletic]
- Jesse Puljujarvi and the Edmonton Oilers have been reconciling for a while, but now they really want a divorce this time. And the Oilers shouldn’t expect more than a second- or third-round pick. But I think Puljujarvi could be an insidious buy-low candidate for a team looking to round out their middle six. [Sportsnet]
- I had a crazy idea where the Islanders traded Semyon Varlamov for cap relief and used Scott Wedgewood as a reliable replacement for Ilya Sorokin. Well, never mind. Wedgewood extended two more seasons with the Dallas Stars. [Sportsnet]
- More goaltender news: The Buffalo Sabers are bringing back 40-year-old Craig Anderson for another year. [ESPN]
- A good rundown of any stories that might develop between draft and free agency over the next few weeks, which may actually feature multiple marquee names for a change. [ESPN+]
- And an overview of the most important free agent situations of “each” team, restricted or unrestricted. Not every team has one, as you might expect. [The Athletic]
- Today is the opening of the first buyout window, so it should be interesting to see who has some cash to spend. [Twitter]
- As expected, Steve Yzerman had been waiting to poach one of his Tampa Bay Lightning guys as the new Detroit Red Wings coach: Derek Lalonde. [NHL | ESPN]
- Meanwhile, it looks like the job at the Boston Bruins is going to Jim Montgomery, most recently an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues and former coach of the Stars. [ESPN]
- The Washington Capitals have hired the NHL’s first female video coach, Emily Engel-Natzke. [ESPN]
- And breaking story, the San Jose Sharks, who appear to be nearing the end (but not yet complete) of their GM search, just fired coach Bob Boughner. A bit late in the game I would say. I’m not sure what’s going on in the Bay Area.
Apparently unusual for a managerial change so late in the off-season. Feeling that way for Boughner as the NHL’s hiring cycle is almost complete for this summer. But apparently there’s a new GM job coming up in San Jose soon.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2022
this and that
Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bedner got emotional at their Stanley Cup parade, calling it “a surreal moment.” [NHL]
Ottawa Senators defense attorney Victor Mete was a member of the 2017-18 World Junior Team Canada, which is currently embroiled in a sexual assault scandal, but he issued a statement saying the allegations were “deeply disturbing” that he wasn’t was there and hadn’t even heard of it until all of this came to light, and that he would be “fully cooperating” with any investigation. [Sportsnet]
- Travis Yost looks at some past remodels and tries to determine how long it should take in general. They last a while but shouldn’t last too long as you’ll need to supplement your roster with outside talents like the Avalanche; At some point it becomes a matter of rostering. [TSN]