May 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Two for Roughing: NHL News and Notes [September 9, 2013]

Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

 

Today’s NHL news:

As kids finally go back on the bus, and the first Sunday of NFL football complete, it only means one thing: we’re getting closer.

One week from today, the Rangers and Devils will play in the first preseason contest of the season. But while we wait there are still things going on around the NHL, yet news is still coming at a premium.

Yesterday, the Rangers prospects fell 4-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets group of prospects, and they will face the Minnesota Wild prospect group today at 3:30PM EST to determine who will finish 7/8. The red hot Oscar Lindberg continued his tear in this tournament notching his 5 goal in 4 games. Josh Nicholls also added a goal for the Rangers, but the talk of this entire tournament comes from the SweeDanny line of Kristo-Lindberg-Fast. They have put on a clinic, and as we know these three will be battling for spots on the big club come a few days as Callahan and Hagelin recover from matching shoulder surgeries. These three were the only bright spots in a seemingly unimpressive tournament overall.

Today a few announcements will happen around the NHL starting with Brett Hull returning to the Blues organization as the teams Vice President. Brett will always be remembered for his time as a Blue, and it seems fitting that he returns to the organization that helped build his career. Now he can give back, and continue helping the Blues as they try to become a Stanley Cup threat out of the Western Conference.

In news that will make you go “no really”, it seems like the only thing the Islanders did right this entire offseason, is make John Tavares their 14 captain in team history, something they will announce later today. Good for Tavares who has proven that even in the small part of New York that doesn’t care about hockey, he does. He’s a proven leader, and also has proven that he’s okay with taking a team entirely on his back, like someone we all know has done here for the Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist).

Also, in old news, yet still funny to me, can we laugh at the Islanders branding for this upcoming season? A “shift in power”, really? It took you this long to even become relevant in the NHL again, and suddenly there’s a sudden shift in power. The Islanders are what Milli Vanilli, and the guys who sang this song, one hit wonders. Realizing your poor reality when you miss the playoffs, will be a nice change in a Twitter avatar.

Twitter Miscounduct:


- Good to see someone give respect to players that fans like to chastise


- A no-brainer really, who else were they going to make captain? Exactly.


- New bucket, looks very nice.

In case you missed it:

Alain Vigneault is on the media trail! Last night he was on ABC’s Sports Spotlight where he talked with  Laura Benhke about the upcoming season, and what he expects.

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