In the depths of offseason drudgery, the Hurricanes give us some hockey #content. Hooray! Here are your links for today:
Bruins will be at rookie tournament in Buffalo from Sept. 16-19, along with Devils and Sabres. Penguins pulled out; not sure if they’ll be replaced.— Matt Porter (@mattyports) August 29, 2021
Luke Hughes joins Matt Loughlin and Sam Kasan on the team’s Speak of the Devils podcast talking about the day of the draft, Jack’s reaction to the pick, heading to college and more: [SoundCloud]
The Athletic takes a look at the top three tiers of Devils prospects, with commentary on Dawson Mercer, Kevin Bahl, Reilly Walsh, Graeme Clarke and more. [The Athletic ($)]
Just keep feeding me Dougie Hamilton content: “He’s an elite offensive defender and perfectly capable of holding his own defensively, regardless of partner.” [Infernal Access]
Offer sheet! We got an offer sheet here! It’s just all about the spite:
#Hurricanes have submitted a 1 year / $6,100,015 Offer Sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi.— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 28, 2021
Kotkaniemi has signed the OS, meaning that the Habs have 7 days to match it or accept the draft pick compensation.
If they don't match, Montreal will receive a 1st and 3rd RD pick from Carolina https://t.co/x3dvcWrKso
So much to unpack in the Kotkaniemi offer sheet. #Habs have one week to match - which would put them roughly $2 mil over their LTIR exception space.#Canes/#Habs would have to qualify Kotkaniemi at $6.1 mil next summer.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) August 28, 2021
And the juiciness of the Aho revenge.
This offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi is an idea of the @Canes owner Tom Dundon and not Don Waddell (GM), I’m told after speaking to sources. That being said I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) August 29, 2021
The Hockey Guy gives an overview of offer sheets in the league:
Some positive sounding news on the Olympics:
It’s been a moving target, but all signs point to a decision next week on whether NHL players are going to the 2022 Beijing Olympics or not.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) August 29, 2021
Sources I’ve talked to suggest an agreement between NHL, NHLPA, IIHF & Olympic committee is close, just down to some final items.
It sounds like the league is working on a Heritage Classic game between the Sabres and Leafs at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario, in March. [Buffalo News]
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