The NHL prefers that its teams hold off on announcing their own news on days when there is one main, newsy event. A common example is that the league doesn’t like when a team announces trades or a coach hiring on the same day as a Stanley Cup Final game. And if you notice, typically, teams adhere to that and announce their news on Cup Final off days.
Yesterday, there was very little news other than the one main, newsy event: the reveal of the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023.
New York Islanders Reading
- Pierre Turgeon, who was an Islander from 1991-1995, was selected for induction this year. His career-best season came with the Islanders in their magical 1992-93 run to the Conference Final. He finished his time here with the second-best points-per-game mark behind only Mike Bossy. [Islanders | Newsday]
- Turgeon got in after years of eligibility and was the beneficiary of a limited class of players on the ballot the first time. Butch Goring is waiting for his name to be called. [NY Post]
- Stan Fischler remembers Turgeon as a smooth, silky player who dazzled quietly. [THN]
- Here’s what a scout had to say about the newly-extended Samuel Bolduc. [THN]
- Duane Sutter remembers the day he was drafted by the Islanders. [Islanders]
- Someone leaked the preseason schedule to Stefen Rosner. It features the usual suspects: the New York Rangers, the New Jersey Devils, and the Philadelphia Flyers. [THN]
- Turgeon is the only non-goalie among the NHL players who made it. Henrik Lundqvist led the way, of course, but they were joined by Tom Barrasso and Mike Vernon. Here’s the whole class. [NHL | Sportsnet]
- The Buffalo Sabres would like to sign both Rasmus Dahlin and Owen Power to long-term contracts. [NHL]
- The Ottawa Senators have some questions to answer now that they know who their new owner will be. [ESPN]
- The Florida Panthers originally held the no. 1 overall pick in 2003 before trading it to the Pittsburgh Penguins. But they wanted badly to use it on Alex Ovechkin, who missed the cutoff by just two days and ended up going no. 1 in 2004. They tried a few times with some interesting theories. [The Athletic]
- Game 7 of the Calder Cup Final last night went to overtime, and the road Hershey Bears emerged with the Calder Cup after Mike Vecchione scored the winner, devastating the hometown Coachella Valley Firebirds. [NHL]