Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while awaiting the choice for Gordon Hayward.
*Speaking of big contracts, Carey Price is now the only goalie to be making $10 million plus per season after signing his new deal with the Montreal Canadiens. There is no way I’d pay a goalie that big of a piece of the salary cap, even if he was the best in the world. The Habs will need to sign low-priced AHL fodder to back him, and they’re going to have a hard time building up a good enough team to win around him. We all know Claude Julien wants to try and win games 0-0, so this is a step in the right direction for his “defense and goaltending” strategy, however.
*Speaking of the Canadiens, they were outbid for the services of Alex Radulov, who signed a five-year, big money deal in Dallas. Good luck to Ken Hitchcock trying to get Radulov and Tyler Seguin to play defense in a team-oriented system. Yikes.
*NHL beauty Paul Bissonnette wrote an earnest ode to his Speedo on their Fourth of July holiday weekend that certainly stirred emotions.
*Jumbo Joe Thornton wanted to come back with the San Jose Sharks, and put his money where his mouth was in signing a one-year deal to return.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the GM for the Washington Capitals suffering a Stanley Cup hangover even though they didn’t even win the Cup.
*Could Jaromir Jagr make another run with the Philadelphia Flyers as he looks around the league for employment? Hmmm…should be interesting where the Jagr finds work, and how late into the process he needs to wait.
*After all of these big contracts are being signed, it sure looks like Leon Draisaitl is going to be in line for a big payday with Edmonton.
*For something completely different: Good for Pete Frates showing the courage and heart he’s known for amid an erroneous, irresponsible report that he had passed away.