I know Tomas Tatar disappointed in the playoffs (again) but a lot of teams should be all over him in free agency. Fantastic two-way impacts, consistently produces 40-50+ points, and guy works his ass off every shift. Could help so many teams.
– Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell) July 7, 2023
It’s already been almost a week since the NHL free agent market opened. Obviously, the excitement of the opening is now behind us, but there are still a few signings being made.
Pierre-Édouard Bellemare, for example, has just signed with Seattle.
Welcome, Pierre-Edouard! 🇫🇷
We’ve agreed to terms with forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on a one-year, 775k AAV contract! pic.twitter.com/Q8kPdt32N1
– Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) July 7, 2023
That said, even though a large number of players have found buyers, there are still several more than interesting names on the market. We’ve obviously talked a lot about the cases of Patrick Kane (who could wait several weeks before signing) and Vladimir Tarasenko (who just changed agents), but there are other guys still waiting to sign a contract.
One wonders if his repeated under-performance in the playoffs is scaring off teams (he picked up just one point in 12 games last spring), but even so, he’s still an interesting guy.
Among the older forwards, Oskar Sundqvist, Nick Ritchie and Pius Suter are interesting depth guys. And let’s not forget guys like Denis Gurianov (whose signing was expected earlier), Maxime Comtois, Jesse Puljujärvi and now Filip Zadina, who are interesting projects.
And in front of the net, it’s pretty thin: Martin Jones and Jaroslav Halak are the best-known names, but we’re talking about guys who are mostly backup goalkeepers.
In short, we’ll be watching to see if these players sign contracts in the days or weeks to come, but some of them may have to settle for a professional tryout when training camps open.
And apart from a potential return of Gurianov, I don’t see any of them coming to Montreal, although I wouldn’t be against the idea of picking up one of the two young right-handed defensemen in Bear and Foote.
– Already a year since that great day for Slovak field hockey.
…on this day exactly one year ago, Slovak field hockey recorded the most successful #NHLdraft in history…three first rounders and two in top3. @CanadiensMTL @NJDevils @HockeySlovakia pic.twitter.com/DZ06jHDoef
– Juraj Slafkovsky (@jurislaff) July 7, 2023
– Have a good listen.
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) July 7, 2023
– The National has some great stories in store for us in the MLB. My text on the subject.
In every division, there are big surprises. https://t.co/rAEs4Rlmxx
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 7, 2023
– No, it’s not a fake!
In 1980, Calvin Murphy took an elbow to the head during a game, before spending some time in hospital with a severe concussion.
On his return to action, the Rockets player wore a modified field hockey helmet to protect his head. #80s
– AlleyOop360 (@AlleyOop360) July 7, 2023