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!
- Restricted NHL Free Agents: What Are Their Values? – Now that the UFA signing rush is complete, it is time to turn our attention to the remaining RFA’s that have still not come to terms on a new contract with their respective teams. This list includes several marquee players, such as: P.K. Subban, Ryan O’Reilly, Ryan Johansen, and James Reimer. We took a look at all of these players in a post yesterday as well as many other RFAs and what their potential value is to their teams. [TMMOTS]
- Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane as Batman and Robin – When the Chicago Blackhawks signed both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to identical extensions on the same day, it was clear that they were making it known that they view the two players as a duo. They are not the first superstar pairing in the NHL; Thornton / Marleau, Crosby / Malkin, Lemieux / Jagr, and the Sedins are just a few. At the same time, Toews and Kane exhibit entirely different personalities on and off the ice. Both have a unique playing style that meshes together to dominate both sides of the puck. [FanSided]
- Vancouver Canucks have a whole new goalie controversy to deal with in 2015 – If you thought the goalie controversy ended with Cory Schneider being traded to the New Jersey Devils, or Roberto Luongo going to the Florida Panthers, you guess wrong. While Ryan Miller currently rests at the top of the Canucks depth chart, he will have prospects Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom nipping at his heels all season. Lack has proven to be a valuable prospect for Vancouver and has put up solid number in two seasons in the AHL. Markstrom has been nothing short of stellar in every level of play, with the exception of the NHL. He posted a .873 SV% in 16 games with the Panthers, which ultimately led them to give up on him and make the trade for Luongo. Look for both Lack and Markstrom to challenge Miller this season for the starting role. [Bleacher Report]