Hey, it’s almost the weekend. I like Thursdays for that reason. We’re over the hump and only a couple more days to go. Okay, anyway, hockey!
- Arthur Staple identified the travels and training regimens in which Noah Dobson and Oliver Wahlstrom participate as they get ready for NHL camp. [The Athletic]
- LISTEN: Staple also called into the Isles Buzz podcast to discuss the Islanders’ offseason. I can’t report exactly what is in this episode, but I will be listening on my commute this morning. [LHH]
The Isles Buzz guys reference this in their post, so let’s play along here in the comments:
The best hockey player born on your birthday has to score on a penalty shot to save your life. The goalie he's facing is the starter of the Stanley Cup champs the year you graduated high school.— Noted Hockey Fan (@GameTimeArt) July 24, 2019
Do you get to see tomorrow?
(EDIT: To find out what players were born on your birthday, just Google “hockey players born on ____________” and one of the top results should be the Hockey Reference page associated with it.)
For me, it’s probably Art Jackson vs. Corey Crawford; I don’t really know who Art Jackson is, but he played in the ‘30s and ‘40s. Based on his career numbers, I definitely don’t hate my chances of survival.
- I’m including this as Isles news for the warm fuzzies: former Islander Matt Moulson signed a one-year deal with the AHL Hershey Bears. Anyone wanna take a trip to Hershey Park? [RMNB]
- The public comments period for the Belmont arena project has been extended 9 days after state officials noticed two “clerical errors” in the final environmental impact statement. It is not slated to affect the completion date. [Newsday]
- I embedded the Isles’ tweet about the Matt Martin Foundation bowling in Melville on Tuesday; here’s the team’s article about it, their third annual Bowling Fundraiser. [Islanders]
- The Flames and Sam Bennett avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 2-year deal with an AAV of $2.55 million. [NHL]
- The Predators and Colton Sissons also avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 7-year deal (seven!) worth $20 million. I guess the attitude is he might be useful all 7 of those seasons — the deal expires when he’s 32 or 33 — and they get to keep him at a low AAV if that’s the case, but what if he doesn’t age gracefully? Too much term for a depth forward, even if he’s a good one. [On the Forecheck]
- In a bit of creative cap work, the Maple Leafs traded goalie Garrett Sparks to the Golden Knights in exchange for a fourth-round pick and the last year of David Clarkson’s contract, which will go on LTIR. Between Clarkson’s and Nathan Horton’s contracts, the Leafs will be able to exceed the cap by upwards of $10 million. [PPP]
One would imagine that trade would precede something like this (the top tweet is more important, but for both to be visible I needed to specifically link to the bottom one):
Lavoie: I believe Mitch Marner will be there for the start of the season, and I think they are leaving cap space to do someother things too.— James (@Account4hockey) July 24, 2019
- Vegas is also bringing Deryk Engelland back on a one-year deal, reportedly turning down better offers to stay where he is. Every time I type ‘Deryk’ with a ‘y’ I cry. [NHL]
- Craig Custance plays fantasy GM and constructs an elite team using the best contracts in the NHL. The Isles’ Ryan Pulock, at his $2 million AAV, is a third-pair defender on the team, the only Islander mentioned. [The Athletic]
- We often hear about Bob McKenzie’s travels to his summer cottage, where he transforms into Bobby Margarita. How, exactly, do the NHL’s insiders unwind for the summer? [The Athletic]