The Islanders are just a day away from joining 29 other NHL clubs in the festivities of July 1st. To a lot of people, it is just another summer day to be enjoyed outside. For many others, it's a day meant for excitement or anguish which steals one's complete attention for TSN, Twitter and any other fast paced media outlet that will have updates on the opening of NHL Free Agency.
The Isles appear set to be parting ways with Mark Eaton, Steve Staios, Milan Jurcina and perhaps their most important free agent, PA Parenteau. The latter has served as an important member on the team's top line for the past two seasons and is coming off his biggest year, likely to command a long term contract and a significant pay raise on the open market.
The previously mentioned defenseman will not receive any grief for signing elsewhere. In fact, many Islanders fans will probably be overjoyed that they will have the opportunity to see aging veterans replaced by young, upcoming talent from within the organization.
The Philadelphia Flyers have taken a page out of the Los Angeles Kings book and hired one of it's former members of the coaching staff to coach in their system.
Philadelphia has hired former Kings head coach Terry Murray to be the head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.
Murray started out last season in his fourth year as head coach of the Kings, but was fired on December 12 when the eventual Stanley Cup champions were 13-12-4 and in 12th place in the Western Conference.
With the recent huge contracts signed by Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Quick, some pundits have started to speculate. They wonder whether or not this is good for any player, even if that player helped his team to a Stanley Cup and has a room full of hardware.
Most fans would like to think that their favorite team's coach, general manager, and owner are thinking long term and looking for consistency throughout the organization.
On the surface, these contracts show a couple of things. First and most obviously, it shows the club is looking to lock up one of their most valuable assets.
Secondly, it shows the player is committed to staying with the organization and become on...
A ‘Russian Rocket’, a ‘Sudden’ Swede, a Burnaby Joe, and the John Stockton of hockey make up the 2012 class of Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.
Pavel Bure, Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, and Adam Oates, were all elected into the Hall Tuesday.
They are all more than deserving entries. But, which now eligible names did not make The hall's first ballot cut? And will they ever see Hall of Fame glory? Three notable eligible players make the list.
Patrick Roy may not be able to hear him with his, "two Stanley Cup rings plugging his ears," but the Hockey Hall of Fame will almost certainly consider the American super...
Joffrey Lupul had a great season: He notched 25 goals and 67 points in 66 games, played in the All-Star Game, and was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy. His season ended abruptly with a separated shoulder, but it remains his most successful since joining the National Hockey League.
That being said, Lupul probably isn’t a point-per-game player. Some think the numerous injuries he’d sustained halted his development and he is just now displaying his capabilities. Whatever the case may be, Lupul’s trade value is the highest it’s ever been, and the Leafs have an excess of wingers with the arrival of James van Riemsdyk---Nazem Kadri could be ready, too.