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.
- 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.
Finland defeats the United States 5-2 in a pre-World Junior Tournament match. Aatu Raty scored twice. Joakim Kemell, Kasper Simontaival and Roby Jarventie with multi-point plays as well.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) August 6, 2022
- 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]
- 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]