Here are your links for today:
Steve Kournianos with some encouraging words on our guy Shakir Mukhamadullin at the 2021 U20 Four Nations Tournament: “He skated, passed, shot, and defended like a true No. 1 and was once again Russia’s go-to guy for the majority of critical scenarios. Mukhamadullin’s skating looked fantastic, as he was gliding up ice with confidence and would either peel back on a dime in front of traffic or simply slice right through it.” [The Draft Analyst]
In Boston, a special goodbye to the late Jimmy Hayes this week from youth hockey players: [The Athletic ($)]
Congrats to Team Canada on gold:
So what should the Canadiens do with Jesperi Kotkaniemi? A case for declining to match the offer sheet and taking the picks from the Hurricanes: [JFresh]
Vaccination Rate By Sports League— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) August 31, 2021
For context, about 75% of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.
A deal for Casey Cizikas:
Heard that Casey Cizikas' deal with the #Isles is as @FriedgeHNIC heard last month: Six years at around $2.5 million per.— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) August 31, 2021
AAV could be a bit higher, but anything under $3m per is a huge boost for the #Isles and their cap situation. And they have their Identity Line center.
Pretty cool story here: The Kraken helped to raise money to save hockey at the University of Alaska Anchorage. [ESPN]
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