Well, unfortunately Cat was unable to do this week’s Flurries, so you’re all stuck with me for today. It could always be worse (hey, there could be no weekend links), but then again it’s the off-season, which means basically the hockey world is at rock-bottom. Sigh.
To kick things off, there is a smattering of news pertaining to the Colorado Avalanche in case you may have missed it. Logan O’Connor, the now former Denver University Pioneer, just signed a two-year ELC with the Avs [Mile High Hockey]
For those of you who follow CHL prospects closely, you’ll know the name Brock Otten. Brock runs a great OHL prospects blog an through the summer he has been breaking down the prospects within each NHL franchise. This week he got to the Avs. Take a look at his outstanding breakdown of Conor Timmins, Travis Barron and Brandon Sageon. [OHL Prospects]
Former Avalanche Jarome Iginla announced his retirement after a long and impressive career. Though he was well past his prime when he came to Colorado, Iginla is one of the best scorers in the history of the NHL and he is an unquestioned Hall of Famer.
Finally, we have to wish a happy birthday to the one and only Tyson Barrie who turned 27 this past Thursday.
The rest of the NHL
Around the rest of the NHL, the New York Islanders added another former Washington Capitals coach (though not head coach) to their club in Mitch Korn. He will be taking over as director of goaltending, and he brings with him an impressive resume, having coached goalies such as Dominik Hasek, Braden Holtby, and Pekka Rinne to some significant success [NHL.com].
The hated Minnesota Wild locked up Jason Zucker for 5 years at a $5.5 million AAV. All I’m going to say is that the roster looks really similar to last year. It doesn’t look like it will keep up with the steps teams like the St. Louis Blues and our own Colorado Avalanche will be looking to take [StarTribune].
Speaking of contracts, goaltender Tristan Jarry received a two-year extension from the Pittsburgh Penguins. [NHL.com].
In the meantime, the Vancouver Canucks are undergoing some turmoil. President of hockey operations Trevor Linden parted ways with the organization. As a result, current general manager Jim Benning looks like he will be taking over as president as well as maintaining his current position. Some aren’t exactly thrilled with the prospect of Benning getting even more control, but the situation seems tenuous at best right now. Ownership seems to be upset with the team’s current state, which could mean more shakeups are coming [Sportsnet].
As for a parting shot, NHL.com did a midsummer power rankings article. I find some of them quite questionable to say the least, but if you scroll long enough you’ll notice a certain team being mentioned... [NHL.com]
Well that’s all for now, enjoy the weekend folks.