Good morning folks. Sorry for the delay in these Bits — haven’t been able to get myself in front of the computer. But now I can spend some quality time with the ol’ machine and create this post.
- The Ladd Foundation Sturgeon Fishing Event Auction is currently raising money to benefit charities near his hometown in B.C. They’re looking to raise $30,000 by August 3 at 1:00 a.m. ET and are already almost a quarter of the way there after only 2 days.
- I’m going to link to both of these here so that the series stays in tact, but writing for The Athletic, Ian Tulloch predicts the top 10 breakout candidates and top 10 regression candidates for the upcoming season. The Islanders only factor into the latter post.
Stan Fischler regales the tale of Mike Bossy’s stunning 1982 Stanley Cup Final against the Canucks, scoring the tying and winning goals in Game 1 en route to a hat trick and scoring what Bossy calls his “most spectacular goal” in Game 3. [Maven’s Memories]
- The Rangers and Pavel Buchnevich agreed to a contract before his arbitration hearing. The deal is two years long, worth $3.25 million a year. According to CapFriendly, the Rangers now have the highest cap hit in the league and are one of four teams using their 10% summer overage, so moves are coming in New York. Chris Kreider is probably gone as a pending UFA.
- The Devils gave new star defenseman P.K. Subban a hero’s welcome, gathering 2,000 fans in the Prudential Center to celebrate him and chant his name to cap a 5-day introduction tour in New Jersey. [NHL]
- The Flames and goalie David Rittich have agreed to a contract before arbitration, coming to a two-year deal with an AAV of $2.75 million. They currently have less than $5 million in cap space to sign Matthew Tkachuk. [Sporting News]
- The Maple Leafs have made another trade, a minor defenseman swap with the Blues. They sent Andreas Borgman to St. Louis and got back Jordan Schmaltz in return. [Sportsnet]
- Greg Wyshynski makes the arguments for and against the Blues repeating as Stanley Cup champs and plays the “do you get to see tomorrow” game in his Wysh List. [ESPN]
- Phil Kessel has never really taken on a leadership role before, but he’s probably gonna be The Guy in the Coyotes locker room and he’s looking forward to it. [TSN]
- New Avalanche center Nazem Kadri always wore no. 43 with Toronto. With his new team, he will switch to no. 91. [Sportsnet]
- And finally, Dominik Hasek for president (of Czech Republic)? He’s considering a run. [Yahoo]