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It feels like we’ve been over this about a million times at this point, but it’s the offseason, so what’s one more look? As we narrow in on the Kraken expansion draft, who makes our protected list? [The Athletic ($)]
Congrats to our guy Akira Schmid:
GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR: Akira Schmid (@Musketeerhockey | @NJDevils) led all USHL netminders with a 2.01 goals against average and 0.921 save percentage in 36 appearances last season before signing a professional contract with the @NJDevils.https://t.co/9p4Ft9Ht3X#WhosNext pic.twitter.com/ZgNqhHQF86— USHL (@USHL) June 7, 2021
Meghan Duggan joins The Athletic Hockey Show to talk about her new job with the Devils and plenty more. First link here has some stuff from the conversation in text, second link is directly to the episode (no subscription required, Duggan interview starts at around 32:40): [The Athletic ($)] [The Athletic]
After the Leafs went careening out of the playoffs yet again, is there anything we can learn from Toronto’s failures? C.J.’s piece includes some very good points, but I’ll skip to the hot take at the end here: “...But if you want to replicate their cap struggles, the best way to do so is by being trigger-happy with free agents. ... … Yes, that includes Dougie Hamilton.” [Infernal Access]
Habs and Lightning on to the semifinals:
The Montreal Canadiens are your North Division playoff champions— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) June 8, 2021
They complete the sweep of the Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals pic.twitter.com/yViGh6Tvtj
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy gets a $25,000 fine for some rather pointed comments about officiating in the Bruins-Islanders series. [ESPN]
Nazem Kadri’s eight-game suspension stays:
Nazem Kadri's eight-game suspension has been upheld, a source confirmed to ESPN.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) June 8, 2021
Kadri, who delivered a "high, forceful check" on Justin Faulk's head in the first round, is eligible to return for a potential Game 7 against the Golden Knights.
(@DarrenDreger first on the news)
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