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Sunday Notes: Nathan MacKinnon Day With Cup Soon

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A good Sunday morning to all. Took a couple of days off, as I came out east for some r ‘n’ r. I type from West Lebanon, N.H. Sunny skies, temps in the 70s. Let’s do some hockey notes, starting with Nathan MacKinnon and his day with the Stanley Cup this coming Saturday:

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  • MacKinnon’s day with the Cup will be Saturday, and will include a parade in Halifax, Nova Scotia. More info on that here (Halifax Herald)
  • I wonder if pal Sidney Crosby will be there? I’m sure Nathan MacKinnon will want Sid over to his big party at his house, at least.
  • A good transcription of J.T. Miller on Jon Scott’s podcast, “…every time somebody says something, 99% of that is not real. It’s a rumor mill, and when you play in Vancouver, it’s non-stop. I was traded to the Penguins 20 times this summer.”
  • Calgary Hockey Now: Milan Lucic is trending on social media. Is he on the NHL trade block, are the Calgary Flames done?
  • Hall of Fame columnist Dave Molinari says broadcaster Mike Lange might be the second-most important person in Pittsburgh Penguins’ history.
  • Team USA is 2-0 so far in the World Junior tourney. But Avalanche prospect, Sean Behrens from DU, has yet to play for the Americans.
  • I was at the 57th birthday of my childhood friend, Chris, last night at his place. A good time had by all. Not so much for me, though, when I lost my balance trying to walk off the air mattress I was slumbering on and promptly descended to the floor with a loud thud with my 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame, waking everybody up, including alarmed barks of the assembled dogs on hand. I know have a very sore backside.
  • Vancouver:  JT Miler wants to stay in Vancouver, but he has accepted that a trade could happen. He told a podcast he has grown weary of the trade rumors.
  • What’s new on Nazem Kadri? Everybody keeps saying a deal with the Islanders is done, but as hockey colleague Kevin Kurz points out, nothing at all has been filed with the league, at least when it comes to contracts. So, we wait on still.
  • I’m told that Sam Girard’s playoff injury, the broken sternum, has fully healed.
  • A good response to a recent 20% off subscription sale. So, I’ll offer it here again: Want a $24.99 full-year price on a Colorado Hockey Now subscription, instead of $29.99? Use the promo code word 5off in the checkout box here to get the deal (checkout box)
  • Fantasy corner: the top rookies to target for the coming season (Hockey News)
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Doug

I watched Behrens play against the Swiss a couple of games ago so he has seen action- 11+ minutes actually. Somewhat concerning though that he’s a frequent scratch on the (granted, fairly loaded) USA team.

Joshua Canfield

I believe he was scratched because he has COVID or at least tested positive. I’d like to see him play too.

hockeyhacker5

I think you’re referring to the prior winter tournament when Behrens tested positive.

Peterman

Canada made Makar their 7th D, barely playing. There’s usually a lot of politics on these teams. Faber’s numbers pale in comparison to Behrens, yet he was earmarked for Captain. Whatever. Behrens just won a National Championship playing a big role. Sakic and MacFarland have to be thrilled so far, and if he has another strong campaign Behrens could be a playoff contributor in the spring.

Kenneth Brown

Kadri is going to announce his contract when he has his day w the cup which is supposed to happen on 8/27. That’s what I think. He’ll tweet a pic of him sitting w the cup and singing a contract. If I was a gambling man I’d take that action all day.

Matt Briggle

Along those lines, how about the idea of Sakic and CMac heading out there, sitting down with MacK and his agent before his Cup day and then sign that extension at his Cup party?

dk

If both parties are smart, the will wait until the league announces the official cap ceiling for 23-24.

Matt Briggle

The reporting that I have seen says it will likely be a the same situation for the next two seasons before it goes up dramatically. So, my guess is that the cap ceiling for 23-24 will be $83.5 mil. The other down side to waiting is that it makes everything else a guessing game and we have ELCs for Newhook, Byram, and Myers expiring after this coming season. While I would expect them all to get relatively small bridge deals to bide some time until the cap goes up substantially, those would be a lot easier to figure out once… Read more »

Dwayne Hall

Behrens was slotted on the third defensive pair against the Swiss. Didn’t play yesterday because of injury.

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