It’s almost 48 hours to Canada Day and the start of NHL free agency. There are far more questions than answers today as players and agents settle in to discuss what new city and adventures lie ahead. For some, it’s an easy decision. Ahem, Jack Johnson. As you may have noticed, for others like John Tavares, it is an agonizing decision.
The latest on the John Tavares situation is–the pitches are over. Now, it’s in the hands of the player. Sportsnet ranked the six suitors and placed odds on each. My personal opinion is it will be hard to leave the New York Islanders, but if he does, how could a good Mississauga boy not want to be the Stanley Cup-winning captain of a Toronto Maple Leafs? San Jose would be nice, but for only $11 million annually he might be able to afford a studio apartment and an UberX. Check out Sportsnet’s odds (Sportsnet).
Double dipping from our Canadian friends, the Ottawa Senators nightmare offseason continues to have more surprises, drama, and silliness than a VH1 reality dating show. Are they for sale? No. Well, Probably not. (Ottawa Citizen).
It appears the NHL or professional hockey at least may be on its way to its first female assistant coach. Canadian hockey legend Haley Wickenheiser has been well received at Maple Leafs development camp (NHL.com).
James O’Brien at NBC Sports writes that it’s sometimes OK to overpay in a trade. Boy, he picked the right team to write about–the Montreal Canadiens pursuit of Ryan O’Reilly (NBC Sports).
And Rick Nash, 34, may retire. A brave choice. (The Hockey News).