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!
- Philadelphia Flyers sign Michael Del Zotto - The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one year, $1.3 million contract. Del Zotto was one of the more promising young defenseman in his first two years with the New York Rangers. Since then he has struggled and was often a healthy scratch during the 2013-14 season. The Rangers traded Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators, where he continued to struggle. The Flyers had an open spot on the blueline after Kimmo Timonen suffered blood clots in his lungs and legs. Del Zotto should get some ice time and another opportunity to prove he is a NHL caliber defenseman. [FanSided]
- Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are hockey’s next big thing - The 2015 NHL Draft is projected to be filled with more talent than we have seen in years. Right at the top of the prospect list are Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. How big are these prospects? Well people are already accusing teams like the Sabres and Jets of tanking to earn early picks in the draft. [FanSided]
- Should hockey have a summer league? - As the calendar flips from July to August, we enter the deepest portion of the NHL offseason; one in which the insiders turn off their cell phones and retire to the cabin, players are off the grid, and the majority of the big free agents have signed to new teams or extensions. Wouldn’t it be great if the NHL borrowed an idea from the NBA and held its own summer league tournament? A one or two week tournament held after prospect camps are done would be entertaining to hardcore hockey fans, as well as beneficial to the teams and players taking part in the games. [FanSided]