Roy Hired on Long Island, Perry Signs in Edmonton, All-Star Captains, and more!

Patrick Roy is hired on Long Island, Corey Perry signs with the Oilers, All-Star captains are announced, and more links, news, and notes!

Roy Hired on Long Island, Perry Signs in Edmonton, All-Star Captains, and more!
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Some links, news, and notes to start your week:

  • In a surprise move, Lane Lambert was fired by the New York Islanders after just a season and a half as head coach, and Patrick Roy was hired in his place. It's Roy's second head coaching gig in the NHL after spending the previous five seasons as coach of the Quebec Remparts. Roy's name had been connected to the Senators over the past year, although less so with Michael Andlauer as owner. It'll be fascinating to see if he can improve from his time in Colorado.
  • The NHL has announced the four All-Star captains, assistant captains, and celebrity captains on each team. Auston Matthews is with Morgan Reilly and Justin Bieber, Connor McDavid is with Leon Draisaitl and Will Arnett, Nathan MacKinnon is with Cale Makar and Tate McRae, and Quinn Hughes is with Jack Hughes (as co-captains) and Michael Bubl√©. It's something different, which I love to see.
  • The skills competition participants have also been announced, with Elias Pettersson, William Nylander, Auston Matthews, Nikita Kucherov, Jack Hughes, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon, and David Pastrnak as the initial participants, and JT Miller and Quinn Hughes being voted in last.
  • With the Edmonton Oilers' win on Saturday, they set a record amongst Canadian teams for most wins in a row with 13. It's crazy that the Oilers from the 1980s never even won 10 in a row, and now the 2023-24 team is four away from tying the record-holding 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins with 17.
  • Speaking of Edmonton, the Oilers have reportedly signed Corey Perry to a one-year contract, so congratulations to whatever Eastern Conference team makes it to the Stanley Cup Final!
  • William Lockwood was suspended for 3 games due to his hit on Marc-Andre Fleury behind the net. It's pretty surprising to me because I just don't see how Lockwood could have done anything else there, and he didn't extend his arms or his body. I do hope that Fleury will be okay from that.
  • Alieksai Protas was re-signed by the Washington Capitals on a 5-year deal with an AAV of $3.375M. The 23-year-old has 18 points in 43 games and the Capitals are clearly in love with his game.
  • The staff at The Athletic take a stab at their 4.0 predictions after doing them three times earlier this season. It's always fun to see how the predictions have changed throughout the season, although maybe less fun when looking at Ottawa.
  • The Vancouver Canucks have been one of the biggest surprises this season, and because of that, POHO Jim Rutherford was extended on a 3-year deal. The Canucks have done a complete 180 over the past six months, something the Senators hope to emulate.
  • Calgary Flames forward Dillon Dube is taking a leave of absence from the team to address his mental health. Obviously, no other details were given, nor should they be provided. Good on Dube for taking the necessary steps, and I hope he has a good support system.

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