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Java on Ice: NHL Must-Reads for September 17

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Every day we’re going to do our absolute best to bring you the top NHL reads from around the web.

Sometimes we’ll pull from larger sites like NHL.com, but for the most part the goal will be to sort through dozens of posts from more mid-range sites so you can see some things that maybe wouldn’t have made it onto your radar normally. If you like what these people do then give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter, and share the content that you love!

Hockey fans make up one of the best communities around, and in a lot of ways, we’re all in it together.

Without further delay… your top posts for September 17, 2015.


Josh Jooris stepped into the training world of Mark Giordano this summer. Wes Gilbertson of The Calgary Sun has the story.

The Detroit Red Wings have a pretty solid track record of developing players at the minor league level. That’s what lured Robbie Russo to Michigan, writes Brendan Savage for MLive.com.

The New York Islanders have a phenomenal forward core, with players like John Tavares and Kyle Okposo piling up the points for the team. That being the case, can Kirill Petrov make the Isles out of training camp? From Mike Hrankiwskyj at IslesNation.net.

Daniel Alfredsson retired from the NHL in 2014, and the team that he spent 17 seasons with is itching to get him into a front office position. Bruce Garrioch has the latest on that for The Ottawa Sun.

It’s crazy to think about now, but Henrik Lundqvist was “iffy” about coming over to North America to play for the New York Rangers initially. Some great insight from Dan Rosen at NHL.com.

Carolina Hurricanes President Don Waddell answered numerous questions recently, including queries about Alexander Semin and why he didn’t click in Raleigh. Catch up with the ‘Canes by reading Chip Alexander’s post at The Raleigh News and Observer.

When you think of Steven Stamkos, you probably envision goal sirens and celebrations. He’s recognized as one of the NHL’s top snipers, but Travis Yost writes that the Tampa Bay Lightning forward is much more than that. From TSN.ca.

This past summer featured one of the weaker free agent groups in recent memory. That might not be the case if some of these players make it to next July. Lyle Richardson examines every NHL team’s most important free agent heading into 2015-16 for BleacherReport.com.

R.J. Umberger went to the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade that sent the popular Scott Hartnell to Columbus. He’s out to prove that he still has gas left in the tank this season. More on that from Sam Carchidi at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jake Virtanen made headlines recently by laying out Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. He’s looking to make an impact for the Vancouver Canucks this season too. Rob Williams puts the forward under a microscope for VanCityBuzz.com

Now for your moment of Zen…

Thanks a lot for spending part of your day with us here at Today’s Slapshot. Feel like we missed a great post from elsewhere? Feel free to leave it in the comments and we’ll check it out! Or email us your link at [email protected]

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