What might the Tampa Bay Lightning look like this October? How strong will that Lightning be? Matt made his predictions for us yesterday.
Now, someone is probably going to nitpick that I have the top two lines situated the way I do. Both top lines are going to be getting roughly equal amounts of ice time so don’t worry about who is line one and who is line two. Given their absurd projected WAR entering 2019-2020, it’s safe to assume that the Lightning will have one of the most deadly top two lines in the league. That said, a rookie bursting into the lineup during camp isn’t out of the question. Nor is the fact that Jon Cooper might want to mix and match the lines to see what other combinations can work.
-The Lightning’s mascot paid a special visit to a small Tampa Bay fan who is currently receiving treatment for Leukemia.
Landen is 7 years old and in treatment for Leukemia. When we found out that he LOVES @TBLightning, we knew we had to call one of our favorite volunteers: @ThunderBugTBL! Thanks for making this iPad delivery extra special, T-buggy and @SethKush!! ⚡️#gobolts #golanden pic.twitter.com/gc2IcG3LoL— Apple A Day Foundation (@AppleADay4Kids) July 15, 2019
-Syracuse Crunch forward Brady Brassart, who was on an AHL contract last season, has signed overseas and will not return to the team.
-Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander announced via Twitter yesterday that he is changing his number.
Making the switch ... what’s old is new again #88— William Nylander (@wmnylander) July 15, 2019
I’ve got you covered Leafs Nation, go to @realsportstoronto to have your jersey recrested on me. pic.twitter.com/gQWHZVxQMo
The first year of the contract will carry an annual value of $700,000 in the National Hockey League and $85,000 in the American Hockey League while the second year carries annual values of $700,000 in the NHL and $115,000 in the AHL.
Carcone, aged 23, was acquired by the Senators from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1 as part of a six-player trade which also saw Ottawa receive defenceman Nikita Zaitsev and forward Connor Brown.
-The Columbus Blue Jackets announced yesterday that restricted free agent left wing Sonny Milano has accepted the club’s qualifying offer.
Milano, 23, has recorded 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points with 10 penalty minutes in 70 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets since making his league debut in 2015-16. He tallied 1-0-1 in eight contests with the club in 2018-19.
-Kevin Dineen has been named head coach of the San Diego Gulls, AHL club of the Anaheim Ducks.
The #AHL coach of the year in 2005-06, Dineen won 266 games in six seasons, topped the 100-point mark three times, captured two division titles and reached the Eastern Conference Finals twice during his first AHL coaching stint https://t.co/5bTazMAhbd— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) July 15, 2019
-Suspended former Los Angeles King defenseman Slava Voynov has chosen to wait out his NHL suspension in the KHL.
The Kings terminated Voynov’s $25 million contract in 2015 but retain his rights as he is on the voluntary retired list. The team announced in May, however, that Voynov will not play for the franchise again.
-Brazil has a hockey team, and you can learn about it in a documentary!