I think you can consider today the first official day of the regular season. Rosters need to be set and teams need to be cap-compliant by 5:00 p.m. this evening.
And tomorrow, hockey.
The Islanders officially filed some of the rumored contracts.
The #NYI have officially filed the Martin, Greene, and Barzal contracts:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) January 12, 2021
Barzal - $7M AAV
20-21: $3M base - $1M SB
Martin - $1.5M AAV
20-21: $700k base - $800k SB
The Islanders needed to spend as much of Johnny Boychuk’s LTIR’d $6 million as possible, so the cutdown day roster may be different than what the actual roster ends up becoming. [The Athletic]
After filing the Barzal, Martin, & Greene contracts, the #NYI are now $5.294M above the cap— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) January 12, 2021
This is a strategic position: recalling a league min $700k contract gets them $6k below $6M, which is Boychuk's LTIR cap hit, which will max their LTIR reliefhttps://t.co/Kv73KcV1JG pic.twitter.com/i23UrH9I9o
- But for now, the picture becomes clearer; at least with respect to opening night. [Newsday]
- For more cap flexibility, they have tried to move Leo Komarov and/or Thomas Hickey, but to no avail. [The Fourth Period]
- The kids are alright. Well, the ones that are playing right now, anyway. [Islanders Prospect Report]
- Rejoice: Mike Milbury is officially out at NBC Sports. They also declined to name a full-time successor to ‘Doc’ Emrick, instead tapping three announcers, including our own Brendan Burke, to serve as co-leads. [Newsday | ESPN]
Gary Bettman lamented the losses that the last calendar year has wrought. To which Dan tweeted this banger.
"It would be cheaper for us to shut the doors and not play" was also the Islanders' marketing slogan for several seasons in the 1990s.— Dan (@cultureoflosing) January 11, 2021
- Corey Perry and Loui Eriksson were among the names on a busy waiver day. [Sportsnet]
- The Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad had COVID-19 and is uncertain for Thursday’s opener. [NHL]
- Long-time defenseman Jay Bouwmeester retired eleven months after his scary episode of cardiac arrest on the bench. [The Athletic]
- The NHL confirmed the games it will host in Lake Tahoe next month. Should be a fun weekend. [NHL] It is a new twist on the outdoor game: not in an arena. [NHL]
- The Rangers want to get their grubby paws all over Pierre-Luc Dubois. But more interesting is the tidbit that Sabres superstar Jack Eichel and his agent will ensure this season will be his last in Buffalo if they do not make the playoffs. In the East? I would say that is unlikely.
- Shane Doan returned to the Coyotes, joining the front office. I imagine his input will be limited to identifying guys that know how to throw a legal head-shot. [ESPN]
- Everyone loves a good narrative. Here are 21 people that could help shape this NHL season’s narrative. [Sportsnet]
- Ten years ago, some clairvoyant tweeted that everyone should remember the name Trevor Zegras. I would like to pick this guy’s brain for lottery numbers. [The Athletic]