- Hockey players golf during the offseason, but Minnesota Wild winger Matt Boldy is taking it to a different level. Boldy just accepted a sponso's exemption to play in the PGA Tour Canada's CRMC Championship at Cragun's Legacy from August 28 to September 3. Boldy has been an amateur golfer since he was a kid, so this is just a natural step to do it just a tad more seriously.
- The 2023 NHL Draft is next week and with the 21st overall pick and two second-rounders, the Wild have some options in this deep class. One guy is Samuel Honzek who could be just a very good player, and versatile as well. [Hockey Wilderness]
- After a disappointing season with the Wild, Marco Rossi is determined to be a full-time NHLer. He will be spending his summer training in Minnesota to really make that extra effort. [The Athletic]
Off the trail...
- What's next for the Ottawa Senators after the sale to new owner Michael Andlauer? [ESPN]
- Henrik Lundqvist, Tom Barrasso, and Mike Vernon headline this goaltending-heavy Hockey Hall of Fame class. Others heading to Toronto are women's hockey legend Caroline Ouellette, longtime NHLer Pierre Turgeon, and coach Ken Hitchcock. [NBC Sports]
- One player that keeps on getting snubbed from the Hall year after year is Alexander Mogilny. He produced at a Hall of Fame level and the history of him being the first Russian player to blast through the Iron Curtain to defect to North America and play in the NHL, is a good enough story by itself to get recognized. [Defector]
- The NHL is putting a stop to specialized warmup jerseys, due to the handful of players last season that were called out for not wearing their team's Pride Night warmup sweaters last season. Now, the league is making a sweeping decision to ban them all, so no more Hockey Fights Cancer, military appreciation, Lunar New Year, or other cool and unique jerseys that typically get auctioned off for charity. Woof. [CBC]
- The Calgary Flames are having a bad time. At least four players have expressed their desire to play elsewhere, by way of trade or just walking to free agency next Saturday. Calgary might be without Elias Lindholm, Noah Hanifin, Tyler Toffoli, and Mikael Backlund next season; who are essentially the majority of their good players remaining after Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk left last year. [Yahoo Sports]