May 6, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) reacts after getting first star of the game award in game three of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: July 6th 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! 

May 13, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) trips New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (16) to draw a penalty during the second period in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

  • Which Big Spenders Improved the Most – Bleacher Report takes a look at the biggest spenders at free agency for 2014 and determines which teams improved the most. Over paying is just one of the hazards of doing business on free agent day, so the biggest contract doesn’t always mean the biggest return in 2014-15. [ Bleacher Report ]
  • How Matt Niskanen Can Justify His Contract – Stars and Sticks takes a look at Matt Niskanen’s seven year, $40 million deal and lists their expectations of the defensemen in order for the money spent to be considered justified. [ Stars and Sticks ]
  • 20 Players File For Salary Arbitration – 20 NHL players filed for salary arbitration yesterday, including Montreal Canadiens star defenseman P.K. Subban. Most teams and players come to an agreement before the meeting; all 21 filing for arbitration reached an agreement before the arbitration meeting. However, the negotiations between the Canadiens and Subban will be contentious. Subban signed a 2 year bridge deal with Montreal, and then went out and won the Norris trophy. He will be looking to be paid big this time around. [ SenShot ]
  • Adirondack Flames Reignite Classic Atlanta Logo – When the Calgary Flames decided not to renew their arena lease deal in Abbotsford, and the Adirondack Phantoms decided to move back to Philadelphia, Calgary saw the perfect opportunity to move their AHL operation to a much more travel friendly city. The former Heat will now be the Adirondack Phantoms, and with their debut comes the return of a familiar logo; the Atlanta Flames flaming A logo. This logo has been used as the alternate captain’s “A” patch on Calgary’s jerseys, but for the first time since the Atlanta Flames moved to Calgary in 1980, the logo will be used as the main crest on a jersey. [ IceThetics ]
  • The Blue Jackets Jersey That Never Was – Blue Jackets Pucks And Stuff, a CBJ memorabilia blog, got their hands on what appears to be a prototype jersey for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The prototype dates back to 1998-99, at least several months before the final jersey was unveiled. The prototype has several elements that made it on to the final jersey, including the Stinger shoulder patch, the CBJ logo, and the striping. The differences include a lighter shade of blue, chevrons on the sleeves, and a tie down jersey. I like some of the elements of this jersey, but I am glad the CBJ went with the darker blue. The Blue Jackets are named after the Union soldiers in the Civil War, the grayish blue in this prototype looks closer to the confederate uniforms. [ Blue Jackets Pucks And Stuff ]

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