As the season inches ever nearer, the roster gets closer to taking its final form. Or initial form. Which ever you prefer.
A few interesting names still remain in camp, though.
- Josh Ho-Sang feels he has played well through camp, but acknowledges whether he makes the team is up to the team. Lather, rinse, repeat. [Newsday]
- Ho-Sang is one of the risers on the Isles depth chart identified here, along with Oliver Wahlstrom, Simon Holmstrom (who may go to Bridgeport rather than back to Sweden), and Nick Leddy. Those falling down the chart are Michael Dal Colle, Johnny Boychuk, Tanner Fritz, and Thomas Hickey. [The Athletic]
- Bode Wilde is the latest subject of Scott Wheeler’s “The Gifted” series, examining a classic example of hockey’s risk-reward proposition. [The Athletic]
- Hey, the Islanders will be on real radio this season. They’re making the jump to ESPN 1050 AM. [Newsday]
- As you may or may not have heard, Maple Leafs golden boy Auston Matthews was arrested for disorderly conduct, a very vague catch-all but a class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona. He and his friends, while drunk at 2:00 a.m., attempted to get into the locked car of a female security guard, who was by herself, and when she confronted them, Matthews dropped his pants (but not his underwear) and grabbed his ass. Lotta problems here. [The Star]
- The team learned about it the way all of us did, through Twitter. Oof. Probably cost himself the captaincy, probably rightly so. [Sportsnet]
- Matthews regrets that his actions are a “distraction” to the Leafs. [NHL]
- Scratch another RFA off the board: Matthew Tkachuk has agreed to a bridge deal with the Flames. Three years, $21 million total — the year three salary is $9 million for his qualifying offer. [NHL]
- A smattering of storylines are contained in this Preseason Buzz article, including that new Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner was held out of practice with a “not serious” right hip injury. [NHL]
- Al Trautwig, the Rangers and Knicks in-game host, has taken an abrupt leave of absence from MSG. No reason was given, but some folks on Twitter were concerned with him on Monday, as he was apparently slurring his words. All the best to him. [Newsday]
- The Seattle expansion franchise has added five pro scouts to their staff and they’re looking toward the expansion future. [NHL]
- Chief among them is Cammi Granato, the legendary U.S. hockey star and Hockey Hall of Famer. She becomes the first woman to hold the position in the NHL. [NHL]