Links, News, and Notes: Game 7 Tonight

The Stanley Cup will be awarded tonight; could Hamonic be bought out?

Links,  News, and Notes: Game 7 Tonight
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It's a Monday before a long weekend. Here's all you need to know in the Hockey world:

  • First things first, it's the Panthers and Oilers in Game 7 tonight at 8 pm. The hype about a Canadian team winning for the first time in 30 years is a little out of control. Personally, I don't buy the Canada's Team argument — I'd never cheer for Montreal or Toronto — but I can understand those who do. The Panthers, for their part, are staying positive after blowing a 3–0 series lead. There's a million previews out there, far too many to link here. I still think the Panthers are the better team, and are too good to lose a fourth game in a row. But I can't discount the mental load of knowing you have to win after losing three games you wanted to but didn't have to.
  • To prep you a bit, The Hockey News has a recap of every Finals Game 7 in NHL history.​
  • On the Senators front, Bruce Garrioch has a list of the Sens' plans prior to the draft. This includes getting a goalie (Ullmark?), maybe trading Chychrun, deciding what to do with Brännström and Bernard-Docker, and making a minor-league deal to give Sokolov a shot somewhere else. Interestingly, he says all signs point to Travis Hamonic getting bought out. He also repeats that Mathieu Joseph may get dealt, which seems fascinsting to me considering that the Sens have no internal replacement as far as I can tell.
  • In happier news for Jakob Chychrun, he got engaged. Congrats!
  • The Sens re-signed March acquisition Jamison Rees to a one-year, two-way deal. Nikolas Matinpalo also got a one-year, two-way deal, likely for his AHL play and not his lacklustre four games in the NHL.
  • Jacob Billington looks at what it could take to get Nik Ehlers and Rutger McGroarty from the Jets.
  • The Sens have reportedly kicked the tires on Kraken forward Brandon Tanev (possibly in a bid to convince his brother Chris to sign here too?). The Sens have sorely lacked depth, so this could be a good move. However, I don't see what moving Joseph's $3M to bring in B. Tanev's $3.5M accomplishes.
  • Two-stint Senator Derick Brassard has announced his retirement at age 36. No word yet on his post-retirement plans, but as a proud Gatineau boy, the Sens should probably look at bringing him into the fold.
  • Offer sheets almost never happen, but could Martin Necas get one? A Pierre LeBrun rumbling has got people thinking. After all the Aho/Kotakniemi drama, I could see a team taking on the Canes here.
  • Some rumours from the rumour mill, including if Matvei Michkov could come sooner than expected, and if Patrik Laine could end up a Canadien.
  • Interestingly, the Leafs apparently offered a similar package for Jacob Markstrom as what the Devils actually paid.​
  • The Capitals are supposedly not done making moves, after acquiring Dubois for Kuemper in a swap of buyout candidates.
  • Finally, here's some highlights from the Sens' alumni golf tournament:

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