HHOF Class of 2013 Named
Fred Shero, the father of Penguins general manager Ray Shero, was finally named to the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday after a great career as a coach. He won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1973-74 and 1974-75 and was also an inspiring leader. He is well known for the message he told his team before Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals, which was “Win today and we walk together forever.” They did win and are still walking together today. Shero was also the first NHL coach to hire an assistant coach, study video, and host morning skates before games. Defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer were two of the players that were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Chelios played 1,651 NHL games, which is the most games played by anyone at his position. He also won three Stanley Cups (One with Montreal and two with Detroit). Niedermayer won three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and one with the Anaheim Ducks. The other player that was inducted was Brendan Shanahan, who was another key component of those dominant Detroit teams. To go along with his three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, he is also the only NHL player ever to score over 600 goals and register over 2,000 penalty minutes. The last inductee was Geraldine Heaney, who has been labeled as one of the best female players to ever play the game of hockey. Heaney was the only player to play in the Canadian Women’s National Championship every year from 1987 through 2001. She ended up winning seven world championships with Canada and certainly deserves to be called a Hall of Famer.
Signed and Sealed
It has been ten days since the 2013 NHL Draft and many of the top picks have already signed entry-level contracts with their teams. First overall pick Nathan MacKinnon signed his three-year contract yesterday with the Colorado Avalanche and is now preparing for training camp. Third overall pick Jonathan Drouin signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 5th while Seth Jones is expected to sign his entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators today. That leaves Aleksander Barkov, the Florida Panthers’ first round pick (second overall), as the only pick in the top four to not sign yet. He most likely will soon at some point though.
Restricted No More
The New York Rangers have been taking care of business lately with their restricted free agents. On Monday, the Rangers signed promising defenseman Ryan McDonagh to a six-year, $28.2 million contract, which will carry a cap hit of $4.7 million per season. He is now the highest paid defenseman on the Rangers. New York followed up that signing today with a new contract for forward Carl Hagelin. Hagelin will make $4.5 million over two years, which gives him an annual salary cap hit of $2.25 million.
Veterans Waiting for the Right Fit
Many of the top free agents were signed on the first day of free agency, but some veterans are still available. Jaromir Jagr and Brenden Morrow are two players that are waiting for the right fit. Jagr has been linked to Carolina and Montreal, but it has been mostly quiet on that front as of late. Another veteran who may be available is goaltender Tim Thomas, who took the year off this past season. Thomas’ agent said that he is at least thinking about making a return. Another intriguing names still on the market are Mason Raymond, Damien Brunner, and Mikhail Grabovski.