Here is a daily look at some of the news and notes from around the NHL, for a pretty slow holiday Monday. This is the calm before the storm, as rookie tournaments will be kicking off this week, followed by training camps.
- The big news Monday was the signing of Corey Crawford’s contract extension with the Blackhawks. Stanley Cup Winning goalies don’t grow on trees, I am fully aware, but both the term and the money in the 6 year, $36M deal seem a bit inflated. I had my say yesterday on the deal, and I am not the only one who thinks that way, as Harrison Mooney of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy pretty much echoed my sentiments.
- The folks over at Blackhawk Up did a preview of the Ottawa Senators, and is one of the few places I have seen outside of the Senators base that has Ottawa firmly in the top 3 of the Atlantic Divsion
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star examines how the Salary Cap is affecting veteran players, as teams go for younger and cheaper talent. All the more reason, like I stated a couple of weeks ago, that the league could indeed (and should) expand further with two more teams.
- The Ottawa Citizen looks at Mark Stone and his chances for cracking the roster full time, and the affect trading Jacob Silfverberg had on those chances (hint: they are better now).
Check back tomorrow for another tour around the league.