The first weekend of August comes to a close today, meaning hockey continues to edge a little closer. On Saturday, the World Junior Summer Showcase concluded in Michigan with the Untied States knocking off Canada in a rivalry game. The division rival Buffalo Sabres were also in the news, as they re-signed Linus Ullmark to a new one-year contract. More on both of those stories in a moment. Here is the top news in hockey on Sunday, August 4th.
The Buffalo Sabres locked up yet another RFA on Saturday afternoon. The club inked goalie Linus Ullmark to a one-year deal that will pay him $1.325 million. Ullmark had 15 wins for the Sabres a season ago. (NHL.com)
NHL Network released their Top 50 Prospect Rankings earlier this week. It wasn’t a fun countdown for fans of the Chicago Blackhawks, as third-overall pick Kirby Dach was ranked ninth overall. To make matters worse, Bowen Byram, the consensus third best player in the 2019 draft, was ranked fourth overall. (Da Windy City)
Speaking of Byram and top prospects, the defender showcased his skills at the recent World Junior Summer Showcase. Our colleague from the west, Adrian Dater, has more on the impressive week for Colorado’s newest top prospect. (Colorado Hockey Now +)
In case you missed it on Friday afternoon, Bruins President Cam Neely wants to get a contract extension done for head coach Bruce Cassidy. (Boston Hockey Now)
Team USA closed out the World Junior Summer Showcase with a 5-3 victory over Team Canada on Saturday afternoon. (USA Hockey)