Due to the forward talent that the Lightning boasted, Martel only managed to appear in nine games this season, which in some ways is disappointing, but is understandable. He was stuck behind Adam Erne on the depth chart and there was never a point during the season where it felt like Martel was definitively better than Erne or suited for the role Erne was performing. The only other forward that Martel could reasonably compete with was Mathieu Joseph, and given how Joseph exploded onto the scene for the Lightning, there was little chance Martel would jump ahead of him.
Tyler Johnson recently joined the Lightning Made Summer Camp. Here’s a short recap.
Best parts of @tjohnny09 at @lightningmade summer camp according to this Twitter account's humble opinion?— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) August 9, 2019
Getting chirped for his shot and confirming that @opalat18 is his best friend. pic.twitter.com/b4VRUb8GXG
If you remember, it was an International Cat Day on Thursday. Here’s a photo of Mikhail Sergachev taking his cat for a walk.
The official Bolts twitter account made its choice.
…eight— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) August 9, 2019
But 1 & 3 are strong second options. https://t.co/N69wSBKgvr
The new Lightning pup gives good advice.
I’ve just been told that if you show this to your boss, it immediately means you get to leave work early today. pic.twitter.com/4bhJ3O9RJu— Bolt ⚡️ (@boltspup) August 9, 2019
The Syracuse Crunch have collaborated with The Great New York State Fair. Now you can get 10 or 20 free tickets to the 2019 Fair after purchasing any Crunch ticket package from now until August 20th.
#SyrCrunch hockey and the @NYSFair are a perfect pair.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) August 9, 2019
Purchase a new ticket package for the 2019-20 season and receive either 10 or 20 free tickets to the 2019 Fair!
Details: https://t.co/jLUxyje05F pic.twitter.com/87J8MFUAOg
Two semifinals games were played on Friday at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup. Team Canada defeated Sweden thanks to three (!!!) shootout goals by Cole Perfetti.
Their opponents in the final game will be team Russia who won over Finland, 3-1.
Alexander Pashin scores a phenomenal goal to put the Russians up 3-1, makes a slick move around a defender in the slot before beating Blomqvist on the backhand #2020NHLDraft #HlinkaGretzkyCup pic.twitter.com/SZpyFED9nm— Brandon Holmes (@BHolmes_Hockey) August 9, 2019
Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings 31 years ago yesterday.
ON THIS DATE— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 9, 2019
31 years ago, "The Trade" sends Wayne Gretzky to the @LAKings.
In return the Oilers received: Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, 3 First Round Picks, and $15 million.
The trade came after Gretzky led the Oilers to their 4th Cup Championship in 5 seasons. pic.twitter.com/9hrHTOFOuj
In net, newly-signed Vasilevskiy is ranked 7th heading into 2019–20, with an expected 5.84 WAR. McElhinney has enjoyed a late-career renaissance over the past couple of seasons and is projected to be the 10th-best backup next year, worth approximately 1.8 WAR.
This team could march all the way to the Cup final…as long as they get past the first round.
Bulbul Kartanbay has become the first player from Kazakhstan to play in the NWHL. The Ice Garden blog has a long profile on her [The Ice Garden]
Kartanbay’s story isn’t just unique because she comes from a country with a small fingerprint in the world of women’s hockey. It’s unique because she has faced a harrowing number of obstacles — even by the standards of women’s athletics — and she’s still skating and smiling.
In Kazakhstan, sports like wrestling, boxing, and soccer are king. Conversely, women’s hockey is barely a blip on the radar. Because hockey is so uncommon for girls and women in her home country, Kartanbay began playing the game she’s now infatuated with at the age of 13. By that time, most girls hockey players in North America have already been on the ice for half a dozen years.
Glenn Hall is the latest guest on the InGoal Magazine podcast.
We sat down in Glenn Hall's living room for a very memorable afternoon. Happy to be able to share a bit of it with you in Episode 29, presented by @THSgoal where we also look at the entire @CCMGoalie line of helmets. https://t.co/20bZZy3jHJ pic.twitter.com/JdYqJ8PqfS— InGoal Magazine (@InGoalMedia) August 9, 2019
The San Jose Sharks and San Jose Barracuda have announced plans to aid victims and families affected by the recent Gilroy tragedy and to honor the first responders who assisted in the care and well-being of the wounded.
If you’re wondering what Gritty is up to:
A new edition of NHL Pop is coming, including Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy: