No NHL hockey tonight. Why not fire up some Blades of Steel?
- Griffin Reinhart is a leader of young men, captaining the Oil Kings at the Mastercard Memorial Cup.
- Interesting: ShinnyStats has the underlying numbers for Reinhart and Co. in the WHL final against Portland. On Big Griff:
What is there to say about Griffin Reinhart? Here's a guy who played probably every even strength shift against the Petan line or the De Leo line, two monster entry and possession lines. At the beginning of the regular season, those six players carried the puck in an average of 84% of the time. And yet, playing against that top competition, he had the greatest percentage of break-ups and fewest shot attempts against per entry of all Edmonton's defensemen, rivaled only by Irving, who played cupcake minutes. To see the true impact he had on entries, we can look at his defensive partner Ashton Sautner, no slouch himself, and see how he got burned. After seeing this, I don't disagree with his choice as MVP of the series.
- Vote for Islander of the Year: John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen are your nominees.
- Islanders Ice Girl tryouts begin on August 16th. Please shave your legs before attending.
- The Rangers are halfway to the Stanley Cup Final after beating the now Carey Price-less Canadiens 3-1 last night. Thomas Vanek wasn't really helping his team's cause with weak-ass plays like this.
- What happened to Price exactly? Nothing that hasn't happened before. [Pension Plan Puppets]
IIHF World Championships
- Peter Laviolette is pushing all the right buttons for Team USA, whose next game is today versus Germany.
- So which GM-needy team should you submit your resume to? And who's going to look like a genius next year with a recently fired guy's roster? [Fancystats]
- No GM opening in Anaheim. Bob Murray was given a four-year extension by the Ducks.
- Super agent Pat Brisson is happy in his office and not taking the Penguins' GM job, thank you very much. [Puck Daddy]
- Tyler Dellow delves into what the Penguins really need to change versus what they think they need to change.
- So, like, who's on left wing for the Oilers next year? [Oilers Nation]
- We bid a fond farewell to one of the great names in hockey history as Radek Bonk announces his retirement. [Pro Hockey Talk]
- NHL Goalie News: Blues re-sign Brian Elliott, Carey Price out of series, Ryan Miller to market
- [Bits] No More Shero, Sharks fishing, Barroway Done Borrowing
- New York Islanders Sale Talks: Borroway reportedly has financing, partners to meet Wang's price
- Islanders, Playoffs News: Tavares back skating; Nelson scores pair at IIHF WC
- NHL Bits: Bile for Bylsma; Game 7s are for everyone