Here’s the latest from around the hockey world on Tuesday, August 7th:
- Sadly, the talking points for the next NHL labor dispute are already starting to take form. The issue of signing bonus money lingers over the process, according to TSN’s Travis Yost.
- Nathan MacKinnon had quite a year. After leading the Avalanche to one of the best season-over-season improvements in NHL history, the franchise center found himself among the league’s best on the NHL Network’s recent countdown of centers. The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers has more.
- The NBA isn’t coming to Seattle, at least not yet. The NHL, on the other hand, is making a legit effort to put its 32nd member team within the city limits. The Seattle Times argues that it is time to put the NBA aside and focus on the NHL’s bid to come to the Pacific Northwest.
- The Buffalo Sabres had a large, and what they hope is an impactful, 2018 draft class. Ryan Brennan of Sabre Noise takes an in-depth look at each of Buffalo’s picks in the annual selection process.
- The Dallas Stars are taking a risk by going the college route at head coach, but Jim Montgomery could end up being a homerun pick for the club. Sports Day takes a look at the league wide trend that this hire could start.
- The Hlinka/Gretzky Cup opened in Red Deer and Edmonton, Alberta yesterday. The best-on-best tournament for this age group is a starting point for NHL scouts in their yearly journey writes Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun.