We are just one day away from the start of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals between back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche. The New York Islanders have a decision to make on the 13th overall pick and should the Washington Capitals go all-in on Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson?
These stories and more in today’s daily links!
“I don’t think we’re going to get better by just adding a player. We’re going to get better by doing hockey trades,” that’s what the New York Islanders said general manager Lou Lamoriello after the NHL’s 2022 trade deadline. How about the Montreal Canadiens’ 13th overall pick? striker Josh Anderson? Marco D’Amico of Montreal Hockey Now intervenes. (NYI Hockey Now)
“Isaac Howard is a missile. He attacks open ice like few in this draft and he’s very explosive in the neutral zone,” D’Amico wrote. there are players who are quick, then there are players who are quick with the puck, and Howard is both.” That could be the player selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
According to an NHL source familiar with the matter, the Boston Bruins have been in contact with former Providence Bruins head coach Jay Leach and former Dallas Stars and Frozen Four head coach Jim Montgomery about of their vacant head coaching position. (Boston Hockey now)
Colorado, which will have eight days between games and could be rusty in Game 1, is chasing its first title since 2001. The Avs’ drought looks long until you compare it to the Philadelphia Flyers, who haven’t Cup winner since 1975. (Philly Hockey now)
Montreal’s top Canadiens, Kaiden Guhle, is heading to the Memorial Cup after he and the Edmonton Oil Kings won the WHL championship on Monday night. The Edmonton Oil Kings won Game 6 on Monday night, completing their march to a WHL title and booking their berth in the Memorial Cup next week in Saint John. The prospect of the Montreal Canadiens was the defensive pillar of the oil king, evolving in all situations and imposing himself in critical moments. (Montreal Hockey Now)
The Washington Capitals have a busy offseason ahead, and one of the biggest tasks ahead is solving their goaltending problem. There are several names of interest when it comes to free agency and the trade market, and now, another goaltender is potentially available: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson. (Washington Hockey Now)
Red Wings of Tomorrow assesses all prospects in the Detroit Red Wings system and what they plan to be in the future. We’ll look at the strengths and weaknesses of their game, as well as what the future holds for them as they progress through Detroit’s organization. Today we feature goalkeeper Sebastian Cossa. (Detroit Hockey Now)
Malcolm Cameron learns that Jared Bednar was referred to as “Ken Doll” in a Denver newspaper not too long ago, and Cameron almost convulses with laughter at the description. “Jared cleans up well and my wife recently chided me for not wearing suits as nice as his. But he’s not a Ken Doll,” Cameron said. (Colorado Hockey now)
Welcome back to Vegas Hockey Now’s season review series where we take a look at every Vegas Golden Knights player and their 2021-22 season, from Michael Amadio to Zach Whitecloud. Let’s dive into Max Pacioretty’s season. (Vegas Hockey now)
San Jose Sharks general manager search narrowed to three to five candidates? “San Jose flipped their roster, [for] general manager, to about three to five people,” Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday night. San Jose Hockey Now is trying to confirm Friedman’s report. SJHN can confirm that at least one of LeBrun’s twelve candidates has yet to be told whether or not he is moving on to the next phase of the GM interview process. (San Jose Hockey Now)
VHN had a little chat with Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau on Monday, mostly to talk about his fun summer exploits, but understandably, some hockey business entered the conversation. It was “Simmer’s Morning Skate” meets “Gabby’s Summer of Fun”. Simmer said “a question about the Canucks,” but the conversation took a turn later. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
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