-Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is the best shooter of the salary cap era. Geo has the facts to back up that statement!
After looking at all the evidence, the debate comes down to Stamkos and Laine. Both are near or at the top in all of the metrics we’ve examined. But to me, the difference is that Stamkos has maintained this success over a much longer period of time. I know that’s not quite fair to Laine, but it also wouldn’t be fair to Stamkos to discount his prolonged success. Stamkos has played in 746 career NHL games over 11 seasons. Laine has played just 237 games over three seasons and is just beginning his journey.
The top four teams expected to take the East all come from the Atlantic, with the Lightning, Bruins, Leafs and Panthers favoured to win the conference ahead of any Metro-based clubs, according to both BetOnline.ag.
-Tampa’s first annual Bolts Beach Bash is slated for July 27th!
Mark it down! We’re heading to @pier60clwbeach on Saturday, July 27 for the first annual #BoltsBeachBash. ⛱— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 16, 2019
The event is free but don’t forget to RSVP and let us know you’re coming! pic.twitter.com/caZBBszdc9
The Bolts Beach Bash will kick off at 10 a.m. with a Lightning Made Ball Hockey Tournament followed by a day full of fun beach activities including a cornhole tournament, presented by Corona, live music, inflatables, games, giveaways & more. Ball hockey and cornhole registration can be made on-site or at TampaBayLightning.com/BoltsBeachBash. At 8 p.m. fans can bring their chairs and blankets for a sunset showing of the movie Mighty Ducks 3 on Clearwater Beach. The event will conclude at 9 p.m. with a firework show.
The Lightning/Crunch affiliation
-The Lightning re-signed RFA Crunch defenseman Ben Thomas to a one-year, two-way contract yesterday. Thomas has been with the organization for three years and has yet to see an NHL call up.
Thomas, 23, played in 67 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, recording two goals and 16 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. The Calgary, Alberta native set a career high with a plus-18 rating and netted his first career shorthanded goal during the 2018-19 season.
-Episode 9 of Syracuse Speaks covered the Crunch’s AHL schedule and finished out the recap of the 2018-19 season, including closing the door on the Connor Ingram trade - and what led up to it - and the great end to Syracuse’s regular season. Here it is for easy listening!
The Seattle expansion franchise appears to be close to making a decision on who their new GM will be.
The organization itself is declining to comment, but there is word tonight that Seattle’s NHL expansion team is closing in on naming Ron Francis as its first GM. We’ll see how events unfold the next few days; things have been percolating the last few weeks.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 17, 2019
TRADE ALERT: The #Blackhawks have acquired forward Zack Smith from the Senators in exchange for forward Artem Anisimov.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 16, 2019
Smith’s contract has an AAV of $3,250,000 and is signed through the 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/O6bKjgCwH5
-Fun fact time!
The Ottawa Senators had had no Russian players for more than five years (Sergei Gonchar was the last one), but in the six months since February 2019 they have acquired prospect Vitaly Abramov, D Nikita Zaitsev, and F Artem Anisimov.— Peter (@rymkrs) July 16, 2019
-The newest Bantering with the Blueshirts came out yesterday.
We discuss Kaapo Kakko finally signing his ELC and the role he is most likely to play; we break down Larry Brooks’ take on the wait for Jacob Trouba to re-sign; where Ryan Strome and Vlad Namestnikov might go — if the Rangers are able to move them, and much more.
This week’s questions from our listeners were highlighted by a discussion about concussions and who would win in a fight: 100 New York City rats, or a Kodiak bear.
-The Boston Bruins have some issues to take care of, says the Bruins Beat podcast, and doing so won’t be easy.
BRUINS BEAT— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) July 16, 2019
The #NHLBruins have some HUGE decisions looming and the salary cap sure won't make it easy. @Matt_Castle22 joins @emarinofsky to break it all down.
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-Six Degrees of Mike McKenna has a new episode out, this time featuring Ray Barile, Head Athletic Trainer of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.
NEW PODCAST @RayBarile, Head Athletic Trainer @StLouisBlues!— Mike McKenna (@MikeMcKenna56) July 16, 2019
- #StanleyCup run
- Crazy hours / travel
- Practice goalie
- Evolution of sports science
- "Weird Al" the massage guy
- Art of Running on the Ice
- Gloria@ApplePodcasts: https://t.co/qjmWieiSUv pic.twitter.com/LQ18PBX7sG
-Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux want to make it clear that all hockey players are in this together.
It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the game. Work hard and have fun, that’s all we ask of our campers. One of our newest campers at the #GirlsWeekend just needed a little upgrade. #CheerForTheOneBehind pic.twitter.com/OFu5RBgNqV— Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux (@LamoureuxTwins) July 16, 2019
-The Calder Cup visited Dennis Robertson’s family’s farm in Fort St. John.