Here are your links for today:
We could use another goaltender to spell Mackenzie Blackwood. Where might we find a good option? A few ideas here: [The Athletic ($)]
Congrats to the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy:
Beyond well deserved.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 8, 2021
Andrei Vasilevskiy is your Conn Smythe Trophy winner!!! pic.twitter.com/YdqMLqbtWr
Hope you got a chance to catch Nikita Kucherov’s presser:
Nikita Kucherov not holding back in his post-game. Legendary press conference. pic.twitter.com/6hA9KvpgPE— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) July 8, 2021
Yep, the salary cap issue is certainly there, but the Lightning are just a downright impressive organization that put together a dominant team, one of the best teams of the salary cap (heh) era. [ESPN ($)]
And the offseason has arrived!
Expansion draft note: plan is for the league to release all the teams’ protected lists sometime on Sunday, July 18. Teams must submit their list the previous day. Expansion draft goes Wednesday. July 21 at 8 pm ET— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 8, 2021
Vladimir Tarasenko has requested a trade out of St. Louis. What prompted the trade request and where might Vlad end up? [The Athletic ($)]
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