Links for Saturday, June 2.
The Pens signed 2011 fifth round draft pick Dominik Uher to a 3-year deal. [ Pens ]
We're just excited because the Pens have a Czech in the system now.
Here is what Hockey's Future has to say:
Uher is still learning the North American game but has the tools to develop into an offensively dynamic forward. He has a strong base and is difficult to knock off the puck. He is good at creating offense off the rush but is at his most effective down low and in the slot. He has a quick shot and is also an above average puck-distributor.
As he becomes more assimilated to the North American game, he'd like to develop into more of a power forward, somebody who dictates their will physically in the offensive zone. He has the right toolbox, and with added strength and continued progress there is no reason to think he couldn't achieve that. At this point though he is still considered a very raw prospect.
Obviously he'll start down in Wilkes Barre to begin his career.
- The NHL salary cap could be set at 70.3 million next season. Sean Gentille on how will that impact the Penguins. [ Sportingnews ]
The $70.3 figure is based on players receiving 57 percent of the record $3.3 billion in revenues reported by commissioner Gary Bettman earlier this week.
Further complicating matters is that the current CBA allows teams to temporarily exceed the limit by 10 percent during the offseason, meaning, as noted by James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, that GMs could spend up to $77.3 million on player salaries if they get under the cap by opening day. The payoff on gambling and winning is significant—as is the risk.
It is going to be a wild off season.
- St. Louis gets a huge lift next season. Their top prospect Vladimir Tarasenko is coming to the NHL. [ St.Louis Gametime ]
- Tim Thomas is leaving hockey? What should he do instead? [ DaysofOrr ]
After the jump four best reads of the day, and gif of the day.
Five best reads:
- The Mets pitched a no hitter last night. And some guy ran onto the field. [ Awful announcing ]
- Another man-on-man eating incident. [ Baltimore Sun ]
The 21-year-old college student allegedly told detectives that he hadn't just killed the man who'd lived with his family for months, but had eaten his heart and portions of his brain. The victim's severed head and hands were found in the men's Harford County home; more remains were left in a trash container outside a church.
GIF of the day:
WIKI read of the day:
Game two tonight. Read the Royal Half's recap of Game 1 to pass the time.