It’s not very often that a shootout goes past the five round mark. Once the teams get past the initial three attempts, the pressure is ratcheted up on the goaltenders. They must go save for save against each other to keep it going. In this one particular game on March 27, 2014, the Lightning went 13 rounds in a shootout against the New York Islanders.
Will the Tampa Bay Lightning repeat as Eastern Conference champions in the regular season? Have your say in this reddit thread! [Reddit]
Someone on Reddit also made a one-page Lightning calendar and it looks lovely. Feel free to download and share it (whilst giving proper credit). [Reddit]
Dennis... HEY DENNIS! You got something on your back!!
Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk and their World Juniors buddies are hanging out...somewhere.
Niklas Kronwall, who is entering the final year of his front-loaded contract, says he will most likely retire at the end of the season. At 37, I don’t think anyone is surprised by that. [Sportsnet]
“I love the game. I can’t say enough good things about it. But at the same time, you have to be realistic,” Kronwall told Zeisberger. “I know where I’m at right now. A year from now, I don’t know where I’ll be at. I’d love to sign [for] another year but let’s face it, the team’s getting younger, I’m getting older, the game’s getting faster.
Comparing Dylan Larkin’s contract to others with similar production around the league. Could Brayden Point fit in this range? [Winging it in Motown]
If you look at the basis of the contract, $6.1M AAV seems fair after considering some contract comparables from around the NHL. With a cap hit percentage of 7.67%, this deal doesn’t appear all that bad on the surface, so let’s dive into how it stacks up with some similar signings of young centers around the NHL.
The two had similar point totals last season after a year in the 40-point range after a full season. We all know how insane Point’s rate of production is relative to his peers, especially considering the majority of his points come at even strength. But on the other hand, Larkin doesn’t have nearly the same calibre of teammates (like Point has with Nikita Kucherov) to help him produce at such a high rate. I think a longer look into this is in order, but for now my guess is Point makes more than Larkin, but he doesn’t crack $7 million. What do you think?
Alex and Nastya Ovechkin have welcomed baby Sergei into the world! [Washington Post]