Not much is going on during the offseason in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. Andrei Vasilevskiy recently signed a deal with Adidas and is now representing his country with Nikita Kucherov who did it before.
Do not forget that our SBNation NHL mock draft recap is being updated daily [Raw Charge]
Our SBNation NHL mock draft recap is updated with yesterday's picks at 8-10. Two more USNTDP go off the board.https://t.co/czEcbvyzQ6— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) May 31, 2019
Geo discusses how the Syracuse Crunch roster will look at the start of the 2019-20 season. [Raw Charge]
So right now with that assumption, the roster would sit at 11 forwards, five defense, and one goaltender. As I stated before, I don’t know what will happen with Ingram, we’ll have to see how that situation plays out. With other decisions the Lightning might make on current players like Cedric Paquette and Adam Erne, as well as Ryan Callahan and potentially J.T. Miller, the number of spots needed could go up, especially at forward. A few of the forwards I’ve listed above could also just as easily end up in the ECHL, necessitating a few more players for the Crunch roster.
The Washington Capitals released a statement on Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has been involved in a scandal after the video with him sitting in hotel next to a table with some white powder was published on Twitter. [NHL.com]
“In addition to doing our own due diligence, we met with Evgeny to discuss the video circulated on social media. While we are disappointed by his presence in the video, we accept his explanation and apology for putting himself in an unfortunate situation. Evgeny has been a terrific player and an active member of our community, and we expect him to learn from this experience and uphold both the standards the organization has for him as well as his own.”
And a statement from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:
There are still some players who must be signed to an Entry Level contract by today at 5:00 pm ET if their teams don’t want to lose their rights. No Lightning players are on that list.
Reminder that these are the players who must be signed to an Entry Level contract by tomorrow at 5:00pm ET by their respective clubs, otherwise the drafting club will lose their signing rights to these players.https://t.co/nXfmDT1fO4 pic.twitter.com/I8c3kcgDGY— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) May 31, 2019
Detroit Red Wings General manager Steve Yzerman and Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold have been added to the NHL’s competition committee. Yzerman is replacing former Edmonton Oilers General manager Peter Chiarelli in this position.
Steve Yzerman and Craig Leipold are new additions for the NHL on the Competition Committee. Yzerman replaces Peter Chiarelli while Leipold replaces Murray Edwards. David Poile, Doug Wilson and Ken Holland remain part of it. The NHLPA is still finalizing its Committee members.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 31, 2019
Speaking of the Oilers, some new changes have been made in their coaching staff.
The #Oilers have parted ways with assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Manny Vivieros.— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) May 31, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is going to be very busy this offseason. As it was reported, Nikita Zaitsev asked about the possibility of being traded.
It was Nikita Zaitsev who, for personal reasons, asked TOR today to try to facilitate a trade. He has five years remaining on a contract with an AAV of $4.5M. TOR will try to oblige Zaitsev but are not in a salary cap position to retain much, if any, salary.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 30, 2019
The Kings, who were desperately bad last year, are in a fix. They have a much worse set of old, overpaid players on long-term deals than even Detroit. They don’t have young prospects to speak of, and they don’t have cap room to pay for any if they could get them. So naturally, they want the second oldest man in the NHL who is paid over $6 million.
The Top 2018-19 Freshman Seasons, Pt. 1 [Ice Garden]
Last year, Darryl Watts stole the show by winning the 2018 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as a freshman. We didn’t see another freshman Patty Kaz winner in 2019, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some outstanding performances from freshmen players.
This is the first part of a two-part series where we will look at some of the top performances from 2018-19 freshmen in NCAA DI hockey.
Colorado Eagles owner Martin Lind released a statement regarding the Kelly Cup
Former ECHL commissioner Patrick Kelly said on @FSMBlitz that the Colorado Eagles have not returned the Kelly Cup to the league.— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) May 31, 2019
Eagles owner Martin Lind issued the following statement: #EaglesCountry pic.twitter.com/aD75ybnn4g
It seems like the NHL doesn’t want to talk about their collaboration with Barstool [Deadspin]
Barstool is a business run by a perpetually keyed-up guy, who said people protesting the state-sanctioned murder of black people should be “publicly executed” for blocking traffic, thinks Harvey Weinstein was onto something by trading work for sex, makes racist jokes about my colleague, sexually harassed me numerous times, ginned up a harassment campaign against ESPN’s Sam Ponder, and told his own employee that she’d be too ugly to be on camera in five years. It’s a company that holds its female employees up as a shield while getting annoyed when they don’t find racism funny, while some old cretin rates how hot child molesters are. It’s a business that’s rotten to the core, staffed by people who are either on board with what the company and its founder say and do, or too cowardly to speak out against it (publicly, at least).
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