Jonathan Huberdeau signed in Calgary; Denis Potvin missed the bus

Dear friends, unfortunately there is not much information. It’s August 6, twenty-four days after the opening of the 2022-23 NHL calendar year, and the New York Islanders have not announced the signing of an NHL player.

Deep in my heart, I thought yesterday would have been the day. This generation of island leaders don’t hate late Friday newscasts (especially summer Fridays of an odd weekend), and they have a funny knack for posting news at times that don’t suit me not. But they spared me yesterday. Maybe today is the day.

Ah, who am I kidding? We won’t know at all today, or this month.

Islander News

  • The team site delves into the shootout prowess of Frans Nielsen. But I have to say it’s called the Danish Backhand judgmentand it was invented by our own Dom. [Islanders]
  • I always forget that the World Junior Championships will be in August this year instead of Christmas and New Year. But Aatu Räty is Finland’s best center and is off to a good start, albeit in the exhibition games.
  • Stan Fischler recalls the story of Denis Potvin oversleeping and missing the team bus to Philadelphia. Potvin called it his turning point. [Maven’s Memories]
  • This August 1 in Isles History: The Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers, 2-1, in Game 1 of their Qualifying Round series (2020).

  • Do you own a bar or do you have a favorite watering hole? Do you want him to be affiliated with the Islanders? The team is accepting applications to be part of the Isles Nation Bar Network. [Islanders]

Somewhere else

  • Jonathan Huberdeau surprised us by extending with his new team, the Calgary Flames, although he has not yet played for them. He signed an eight-year contract with a $10.5 million AAV that goes into effect for the 23-24 season. A big potential UFA next summer off the board. [NHL]
  • Recently extended Andrew Mangiapane says his new Flames team will be in contention for the Pacific Division title. [NHL]
  • It had been a while since the player and the team went to arbitration, but Yakov Trenin won his case in front of the arbitrator and got the two-year contract he was looking for. [Sportsnet]
  • From the Schadenfraude department, John Tavares swears that this time will be different for the Toronto Maple Leafs. [NHL]

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