Another day has passed and still no sign of a contract for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s current RFAs Brayden Point and Adam Erne. The two sides have been making progress in each deal and Point appears to be unwilling to sign an offer sheet elsewhere so the deals should come... eventually.
Other than Brayden Point (nothing new on that front yet), the other main rostered #tblightning RFA not yet signed is Adam Erne. Erne did not file for arbitration by last week’s deadline. Am told both sides just still working on a deal. Paquette, Martel, Verhaeghe signed last week— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) July 9, 2019
Where does Steven Stamkos fit in Tampa Bay sports lore as the face of the city? These are the questions being asked on July 9th. [Tampa Bay Times]
With last year’s trade of Longoria, Gerald McCoy’s recent departure from the Bucs and the possibility the entire Rays franchise could be on its way to Montreal, at least part-time, it got us wondering who might qualify as the face of Tampa Bay.
Congrats to ThunderBug on his very aggressive Bottle Cap Challenge video. Well done!
Justin provided a nice update on what the Syracuse Crunch roster looks like so far in the summer. What’s been added, what’s been taken away, why there are so many damn goalies. [Raw Charge]
Backing him up with be 24-year-old Spencer Martin. The former third round pick of the Colorado Avalanche was the backup for their AHL affiliate last season and should serve the same role with the Crunch. Expect Coach Groulx to give plenty of playing time to both as he will try to foster a 1a-and-1b relationship between the two netminders.
Alex is back for another episode of the Syracuse Speaks podcast! This week’s episode focuses on the most recent additions, including Gemel Smith, and what it all means for the team. [Raw Charge]
In this episode, host Alex Ackerman discusses the additions of forward Gemel Smith and goalie Zachary Fucale to the Syracuse Crunch/Tampa Bay Lightning organization. She also ponders the re-signings of Cedric Paquette, Carter Verhaeghe, and Danick Martel, and which ones could potentially end up with the Crunch. Lastly, she jumps back into her recap of the 2018-19 AHL season for Syracuse and covers the highs and lows of February, including some scary foreshadowing of the future.
Later today at 3pm, the full AHL schedule will be released. We have some idea of what the Crunch’s beginning of the season looks like as a result of the fact that they are invited to three teams’ home openers, but we’ll get the full list later in the day.
By my count, the #SyrCrunch will be the home-opening opponent in three cities this year: Rochester, Cleveland and Utica. Add in the Crunch home opener and that’ll be four pregame festivities. Lots of long pregames out of the gate. https://t.co/Tj2afV84zV— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) July 9, 2019
Finally, get to know Gabriel Fortier by reading his tweets back during development camp when he took over the team’s social media account.
Okay, Kids, who wants to read the NHL CBA! No one? Well, at least Cap Friendly is willing to do it.
Ever wonder how the Arb hearing dates are determined?— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 9, 2019
Simply put, after the July 6th deadline the NHL & PA compile a list all the players in alphabetical order, flip a coin to see who starts, & then take turns assigning each player to an arbitrator in accordance to his schedule. pic.twitter.com/nTumhUvvQq
Don Cherry is that bigoted old man who yells at clouds on national tv every night up north. He should’ve been fired long ago. Fulemin from PPP explains. [Pension Plan Puppets]
Cherry had a journeyman playing career and a more distinguished coaching career, in which he led the Boston Bruins to two Stanley Cup Finals (they lost both times to dynasty Montreal teams). Subsequent to that, Cherry took up his role as the star of HNIC’s first intermission show, Coach’s Corner, accompanied by former referee Ron MacLean. Don and Ron are coming up on thirty-four years in the job together. I don’t think Don should do it anymore.
With the dust beginning to settle following the 2019 NHL Draft and the Free Agent Frenzy, rosters are starting to take shape for the upcoming season. Obviously the New York Rangers stole the headlines — and from the New York Islanders — on July 1 when they signed Artemi Panarin to a seven-year, $81.5 million deal.