On what felt like the busiest July 1st for a number of years, the 2015 ‘free agent frenzy’ began with a flurry of activity; with Phil Kessel’s trade to Pittsburgh the biggest move of the day.
But the talented wingers move to Pennsylvania should not overshadow the savvy signings made by a number of clubs – nor the risks others have taken in the hop of boosting their teams fortunes.
Here are seven of the most intriguing moves made on the opening day of free agency:
We discussed Tony Hand’s recent comments about the state of the British game, the use of import netminders in the EPL, the newly formed under 20s leagues and much more.
Via InGoal Magazine:
“Emma Nichols is only 11 years old, but she is well on her way to becoming a YouTube sensation.
A video from the 2015 EIHA Inter Conference Tournament held in Sheffield, England was recently uploaded, and it featured the young British netminder picking up a 3-0 shutout in fantastic fashion
The roughly two minute clip shows an impressive assortment of saves, making it hard to believe that she is only an 11-year-old.
The tournament took place from May 1st to 5th, and this video was eventually uploaded on May 14th.
Not much else is known about the young phenom, but with brilliant saves like that, it won’t be long before we hear more about her. Team GB may have a future hockey star on their hands!”
Pro ice hockey goalies have often tapped in to their favourite pop culture references when it comes to the designs that adorn their masks – with New York Rangers puck stopper Cam Talbot tapping in to his love for Ghostbusters on more than one occasion.
27-year old teamed up with David Gunnarsson of DaveArt to produce another ‘Busters themed mask – this time featuring iconic ‘villain’ Slimer:
The gluttonous ghoul may have switched colour – to align with the Rangers blue and white jerseys – but it’s still a pretty awesome design. Especially when you factor in GLOW IN THE DARK EYES AND TEETH!!!
Find more picutres of Talbot’s new lid, as well as links to some of his old Ghostbusters masks at InGoalMag.com
Matt Larkin of The Hockey News joins me on this week’s podcast to look back at the opening games of the Conference semifinals – including the Flames vital victory in game 3, Chicago’s domination of Minnesota and Tampa Bay’s impressive displays.
Ray Shero’s appointment as New Jersey’s new General Manager also comes under the microscope, while the ever changing coaching landscape continues to throw up all kinds of interesting combinations.
Thanks to Matt for joining me today. You can follow him on Twitter @THNMattLarkin
Chuck Weber’s arrival in the British Elite League proved not only to be a turning point for the Coventry Blaze, but for the league as a whole.
In the space of five months Weber took Coventry from 9th to 6th, securing a playoff berth that had at one time looked in serious jeopardy following a poor start to the season, before guiding the Blaze past three of the league’s teams to lift the playoff crown.
The 42-year old’s influence on the Midlands club reshaped attitudes to coaching across the league, even acting as something of a trigger for the dismissal of league winning coach Gerad Adams in Sheffield, and this week’s announcement Weber would be returning for the 2015/16 season was met with rapturous applause from Blaze fans.
One Puck Short caught up with Weber, currently at home in the U.S., to find out what motivated him to come back, and what his plans are for the coming season:
We also look at the goaltending market this summer, Brian Elliott’s future in St Louis and how the Vancouver Canucks might look to shake things up this summer.