Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL. The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.
Dave Nonis and the Maple Leafs agreed to a new five-year extension yesterday “in about 15 minutes”, according to Nonis:
Minor quibble: not everyone is excited. While Nonis’s accomplishments in six months on the job look pretty incredible when juxtaposed with his predecessors, they look a lot less incredible if, you know, you look at them.
First of all, it’s been suggested — and backed up with stats — that the Leafs’ run to the postseason was a lucky one, somehow managing to occur despite abysmal possession numbers that typically belie the notion of a contending team. If that’s the case, they’re bound to come back to earth in the near future. Or maybe that’s what the last 10 minutes of Game 7 versus Boston was.
You probably thought the goaltending drama in Vancouver was over when Cory Schneider was traded to New Jersey, right? WRONG! Adam Proteau of THN looks at Luongo and if he might be set to battle Canucks management:
When Luongo announced Wednesday he’d chosen to leave longtime representative Gilles Lupien and join powerhouse agents Pat Brisson and J.P. Barry, there was an immediate spike in speculation as to his willingness to return to Vancouver as the clear-cut starter in net. With the exception of a couple typically hilarious tweets, Luongo has maintained radio silence since Canucks GM Mike Gillis backtracked on his initial plans to move Luongo and instead traded former goalie-of-the-future Cory Schneider at the NHL draft. But at first blush, changing agents seemed to be an unmistakable shot across the bow of Vancouver management.
Thomas Vanek expects to be with the Sabres when camp starts in September, much to the chagrine of any fans who hope he’ll be traded soon:
Offseason speculation about a change of address doesn’t seem to have any effect on Thomas Vanek, whose focus is on getting ready for next season in the only NHL jersey he’s ever worn.
Vanek, who is entering the final season of his seven-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres, has been the subject of several trade rumours over the past few weeks. But last season’s top scorer expects to remain as a member of the team when training camp begins in September.
And finally, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013 was revealed with a couple of staples of ’90s USA Hockey as the center pieces:
USA Hockey announced that the 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class features former NHL players Bill Guerin and Doug Weight, plus former women’s hockey star Cindy Curley, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos and college coaching legend Ron Mason.
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