Feb 27, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: July 4th Edition

NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs.  So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts! 

Apr 17, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) eyes the puck after a save against the Chicago Blackhawks in game one during the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

  • Moving On From Marty – With the New Jersey Devils attempting to usher in a new era in net, signing an extension with Cory Schneider is one of their top priorities this season. Schneider becomes a restricted free agent next season. The intention is that Schneider will be the clear #1 goaltender in New Jersey this season and will no longer split the starting role with Martin Brodeur. Brodeur is seeking a starting job with another team and Keith Kinkaid and Scott Clemmensen will fight for the backup role. [ Pucks And Pitchforks ]
  • Free Agent Report Card – While there are still free agents left to be signed, a general consensus about how each team fared with their signings this past week can be formed. Puck Daddy has put out their annual Free Agent Report Card that grades each team for how they did with free agency. Just because your team didn’t make any moves does not mean they got a bad grade, as sometimes the best signing is the one you don’t make. [ Puck Daddy ]
  • How Free Agency Affected Vegas Odds – Only the Dallas Stars saw their odds to win the Stanley Cup improve when taking a look at the Vegas bookmakers odds. For the most part, free agency had little effect on the numbers. [ Sports Illustrated ]
  • State Of Crosby vs Ovechkin – It is hard to believe that just three seasons ago, the main selling point for the NHL was Sidney Crosby vs Alex Ovechkin. The rivalry was mainly a creation of the NHL to create buzz and increase viewership with casual fans who could understand and appreciate a rivalry between the league’s two biggest stars. Since then a lot has changed in the NHL, including the rise of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings. In three years we have gone from celebrating the talents of individual players, and instead celebrate the accomplishments of entire teams. This is something that differentiates the NHL from the likes of the NBA and NFL. [ FanSided ]
  • Ryan Miller Brings Stability To Vancouver – Bleacher Report has an extensive write up on the Vancouver Canucks signing Ryan Miller last Tuesday. The Canucks find themselves in a semi-rebuild, but instead of fishing for draft lottery picks, Miller gives them a chance to contend and show their younger players how to win. A rebuilding team must avoid creating a culture of losing, something the Edmonton Oilers are still dealing with. If the Canucks can put together respectable seasons, it may not be too long before we see them in the NHL playoffs. [ Bleacher Report ]

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