-Tampa Bay Lightning prospects Hugo Alnefelt and Magnus Chrona are both Swedish, and have known each other for a while now. Bryan Burns covered their bond, one that now grows stronger after they were drafted a year apart by the Lightning.
The two became instant friends, the commonality of hockey and goaltending specifically giving them plenty to talk about. That friendship blossomed when they started training with the same coach.
”We understand each other pretty good,” Alnefelt said. “We’ve never played on the same team. I don’t think we’ve ever played against each other either. We’ve just been friends off the ice.”
-Don’t blink or you’ll miss this goal from prospect Mikhail Shalagin:
-Sammy Walker continues to impress:
Other Lightning Stuff
-The Joe Pavelski-to-Tampa rumor train has officially left the station and is hurtling down the tracks at a million miles an hour. Is it true? Is it false? Who knows! Alan, though, just has doubts that the Lightning will be able to fit him in under the cap...at least, not without sacrificing a major player like Yanni Gourde.
Even assuming the Lightning can get him at a number closer to six million because of taxes and his desire to pursue a Cup, there’s no easy solution for how this would work under the salary cap. Any idea of bringing in Pavelski probably has to start with trading Yanni Gourde. The team just signed Gourde to a five year extension at a little over $5 million per season last fall. He has a no-trade clause that would kick in on July 1. So if they want to make that move, it will have to happen before Monday.
This makes him the first Devils player to wear the number and only the 19th player to wear a number higher than 50 for the Devils. By choosing to wear #86, he’s joined a group of 13 other players to wear the number in the NHL. He’s joining some elite company in the form of Tampa Bay Lightning’s #86 Nikita Kucherov. He’s also joining some not so elite company.
-Chris Wassel of NHL Rumors put together some points from Joe Smith on the Lightning, Brayden Point, and Ryan Callahan.
Point expects to earn a bit less than Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. The odd specter of offer sheets looms a little more but Point could just take a deal around $8 to $8.5 million AAV and be happy.
-Get excited: It’s officially countdown season! Start us off, Mikhail Sergachev!
-The Syracuse Crunch’s summer street hockey season is about ready to start up again!
Our Summer Street Crunch series is back next month! ☀️— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) June 27, 2019
Join us on Saturday mornings in July and August for street hockey games open to all kids between the ages of 5 to 14.
Register: https://t.co/QDPlYCJTzu pic.twitter.com/n7FpECnZru
-A report yesterday claimed that the Crunch also has a new goalie and video coach, although there has been no word yet from the organization.
The @SyracuseCrunch have filled their goalie/video coach vacancy. Joe Palmer will be behind the keyboard for the Crunch this season. See his history of work here: https://t.co/gUc3BSi8ay @eliteprospects— Pro Hockey Video Coaches (@video_coaches) June 27, 2019
As expected. Hurricanes weren’t able to convince Marleau to play for them. The buyout is expected to happen Friday making Marleau UFA. https://t.co/gsZN4rAQKb— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 27, 2019
-Pride month continues! Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas marched with the team during Toronto’s pride parade.
“What I've seen over time is as different events have happened in hockey or elsewhere, people look to sports as their support release and a source of joy.” - @kyledubas, marching with @mriles4 at #TorontoPride ️ #HockeyIsForEveryone @MapleLeafs @NHL @NHLPA https://t.co/FZAUVWRJjY— You Can Play (@YouCanPlayTeam) June 27, 2019
-Speaking of the Leafs: Does depth hold the answer to their roster concerns?
The Leafs can look around for cheap depth options on July 1, and they might find them, but they’re not plentiful. A lot of teams overspend on depth, and the Leafs aren’t looking to drop millions on an eight-minute player when improving the Kadri line is what will actually make the team better.
-Toronto also extended goalie Michael Hutchinson last night.
-Gritty on the cover of NHL 20? Sure, why not.
-Miroslav Satan has been elected as President of the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation.
“It’s a big commitment for the coming period. I’ve been working in Slovak hockey for two years and now I have three more ahead,” were the first words of Miroslav Satan as the president, who won with 229 votes to 99, which was nearly 70 percent of all delegates.
-Mike McKenna, who always does a nice job of putting heart into hockey, shared this perspective about rejection and life in the pros:
Depends on the situation. It's probably odder for RFA's in the Show. For minor league guys we get shuffled around so much it's just part of the business. Certainly sucks for players that have spent their whole career in one organization. That first rejection can be an eye opener. https://t.co/1IWq0FPpAE— Mike McKenna (@MikeMcKenna56) June 27, 2019
-Palm Springs has officially applied for an AHL expansion franchise. They will be the farm club for Seattle NHL team. Patrick Williams had a great twitter thread about why this is a positive for the league and for the players, including this point:
Notably, the plan calls for a privately funded arena with as many as 10,000 seats on Agua Caliente land in downtown Palm Springs to open in for the 2021-22 season.— PATRICK WILLIAMS (@pwilliamsNHL) June 27, 2019
A training facility for the AHL club is also part of the plan. #AHL
-The logo for this season’s AHL All-Star weekend was released yesterday. It will be in Ontario, California.