A week of intrigue begins for the Vancouver Canucks as the NHL leads up to the first round of the NHL Draft in Montreal on Thursday evening. Time to take a morning skate around the league to see what’s been happening and what might happen next.
The Canucks presently hold the 15th-overall selection. Will they make a deal to move up on the pick list, or go ahead and make the selection?
Time for a Twirl
We’ll bookend a couple of links from our pals at Sportsnet. Logan Cooley is expected to go third-overall in the draft. The 18-year-old Pittsburgh native first got a real taste of hockey when he was part of a Sidney Crosby learn-to-play program. Crosby remains an enormous influence.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The NHL buyout window began on July 1, and presumably general managers are gauging interest in the prime buyout candidates on the NHL trade market as they negotiate with their free agents. Some buyout candidates could help the Penguins, including a goalie and a crazy viking.
Did you see Nazem Kadri’s too many men shirt at the Stanley Cup parade? It was a pretty good dig. Here’s how to get the underground Colorado Avalanche tee.
College hockey in Colorado is getting a boost, but then again, who isn’t? The University of Minnesota is having a terrible offseason. Seven players entered the transfer portal, including Pittsburgh 2021 second-round pick Tristan Broz (58th overall). He transferred to the U of Denver.
Our first wayward Stanley Cup story, but it doesn’t involve drunken players misplacing it. It was Cup Keeper Phil on the way to Gabriel Landeskog’s house.
More Network Chirps
The first big salary dump on the NHL trade market occurred over the weekend with Tampa Bay moving Ryan McDonagh to Nashville. Full details from TSN.
As current Vancouver Canucks President of Hockey Operations Jim Rutherford once famously admitted, ‘you pay the sticker price on the first day of free agency’. According to Sportsnet, three players could be way overpaid on July 13, including Ryan Strome.
Montreal Hockey Now: Marco D’Amico is our rising draft expert. Our colleague is really demonstrating a love and expertise in covering the draft. Here are his final prospect rankings. The 2022 NHL Draft rankings.
Possible top pick Shane Wright and his family are dealing with intense media scrutiny and analysis. Nooooo, in Montreal??!! It’s caught his family by surprise, and it’s not always fun.
Sam Carchidi writes in Philly Hockey Now that despite landing John Tortorella, the offseason is cursed for the Philadelphia Flyers!
Sammi Silber with Washington Hockey Now has been following the arrest and detainment of Flyers prospect Ivan Fedotov, whose crime was attempting to come to North America to play hockey. First, he was arrested, then he went missing. Turns out he’s in the army now and has been sent to a place perhaps worse than Siberia – the Arctic. The Ivan Fedotov saga.
The Wild West
Remember when Vegas general manager George McPhee basically took a heap of draft picks as extortion payments from NHL teams for selecting or not selecting certain players in the 2017 expansion draft? Owen Krepps looks at the draft history of those Vegas Golden Knights.
He was in, then quickly out. San Jose Hockey Now says Scott Mellanby is out of the running for the Sharks GM gig. It’s down to Mike Grier and Ray Whitney. San Jose Sharks search.
The 32 Thoughts to end all thoughts. An NHL exec’ shared a cryptic message with Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet about Kris Letang negotiations in Pittsburgh, while Friedman believes Phil Kessel is Nashville bound. and more.
Have a great week Vancouver Canucks fans. Cheers!