Cory Conacher has turned an impressive Calder Cup Playoffs run into a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Conacher, 27, had 12 goals and 16 assists in 22 playoff games as the Syracuse Crunch made it all the way to the 2017 Calder Cup Final. The undrafted and undersized forward was also productive during the regular season, racking up 60 points (17G, 43A) in 56 games for the Crunch and four points (1G, 3A) in 11 games for the Lightning.
As a resident of the Windy City and a hockey writer I figured it was my duty to attend one of the league’s marquee events of the summer: the NHL Entry Draft. Despite a valiant effort on behalf of our editor, I was denied a media credential [Sorry! - Acha]. Which, in the end, was fine by me, because it meant I could attend as a fan. Then, for the better part of the next two days, I sat and watched teenagers get drafted. After that experience I feel that I can offer you some advice, should the draft come to a town near you. Get there early On Friday night, the draft was scheduled to start at 6:00pm. I had planned to arrive at the United Center at 3:00pm in order to wander around FanFest and scoop
The Opponent: Vegas Golden Knights Games: There were no games. No previews with team-vs-team breakdowns. No recaps with witty turns of phrases. No pictures. No nothing. Stats: Skaters: Jason Garrison Assets: The rights to Nikita Gusev, 2017 second round pick, 2018 fourth round pick View from the Other Side: Did the Golden Knights hurt or help the Lightning this season? Well, lets see. They took Jason Garrison and his $4.6 million cap hit so that’s good. Garrison is, by all accounts, is a great guy, but if he is on the first pairing defense, then well... The conversations between Steve Yzerman and George McPhee were undoubtedly complex. After all, it’s not easy when the negotiations began like