The Vegas Golden Knights may be the current owners of the Stanley Cup, but Peyton Mannings wants to make sure everyone in the NHL knows they’re just renting it from the Colorado Avalanche.
Around the NHL, the Winnipeg Jets did something no one thought they could do – keep their own stars.
All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
We moved our focus to a defenseman on the waiver wire, but the Avalanche were focused on goaltending, picking up Ivan Prosvetov from the Arizona Coyotes.
With that move, the Avalanche finalized their roster…for now. With the possibility of Pavel Francouz moving to LTIR on Tuesday, the team may add to their roster with some additional cap space.
On Tuesday, the Avalanche have one more practice until they leave for Los Angeles. I’ll also be heading to Los Angeles for coverage live at the opener. If you’re liking the coverage, please use code “evan10” for $10 off a year subscription. My understanding is the code will be going away soon, but not quite sure when, so use it while you can!
Around The NHL
On Monday Night Football, Peyton Manning let it be known that he’s a full-on Denver guy, and the Vegas Golden Knights are just renting the Stanley Cup right now.
Turns out Peyton and Eli have both drank out of the Stanley Cup 🍺😂 pic.twitter.com/NRrDRCWCtU
— ESPN (@espn) October 10, 2023
“The Avalanche are just letting the Knights borrow [the Stanley Cup] for a year. It’s coming back to Denver next year.”
Manning, of course, partied with the Avalanche after they won it all last summer, and he’s now a big fan. Love to see it.
Jets Keep Their Own
Did anyone expect the Winnipeg Jets to keep not just one, but two of their star players? I sure didn’t, especially not Connor Hellebuyck, but they got it done.
Both Hellebuyck and Mark Scheifele signed matching 7 year contracts with $8.5 million cap hits.
Good for the Jets, as the fanbase needed to see that they can keep their own. I’m not sure it’s the right move completely, as they’re kind of stuck in the mushy middle of the Western Conference, but it’s something they needed to do. With these completed, I would consider the Jets a playoff contender this year, now that they aren’t selling their stars off.
National Hockey Now
Like the Avalanche, the Pittsburgh Penguins saw a lot of turnover this summer.
Don Sweeney is working the phones to see if he can make a trade to fit a young player on the Boston Bruins.
Some predictions for the Vegas Golden Knights, who start theirs Eason on Tuesday.
How did Alex Newhook perform in the preseason for the Montreal Canadiens? Take a look.
After Connor Bedard, the Chicago Blackhawks roster looks…rough.