Molson happy with Subban trade; Leafs vs. Pokémon (Puck Headlines)

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• So, should we consider those ‘vows’ broken…? [@keeperofthecup]

• Montreal Canadiens president Geoff Molson gave his blessing for the P.K. Subban trade and believes his team is better off for it. [CP]

• Montreal is following suit of many AHL-NHL franchises by moving their affiliate from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Laval, Quebec to be closer to the big club starting with the 2017-18 season. [The Telegram]

• The Canadiens are holding a contest for fans to name the new AHL team. Something tells us the ‘Subbanantors’ won’t be accepted. [Canadiens]

• Cam Ward on five-year-old son who was born deaf and received cochlear implants: “When you first get the news that your son is deaf, you worry that he’s not going to be a “normal kid.” But what’s been so amazing about this roller coaster we’ve been on the past five years is that Nolan isn’t just a normal kid. He’s way more than that. He never complains. He doesn’t see himself as different. He’s the bravest guy I know.” [The Players’ Tribune]

• Check out David Amber’s journey from struggling sideline reporter to host of the late games on Hockey Night in Canada. [Sportsnet]

• 5,000 kids from around the world applied to Sidney Crosby’s youth hockey camp in Cole Harbour. Only 160 were accepted through a lottery system. [The Chronicle Herald]

• The Sabres moved up five spots in the draft to get Rasmus Asplund. He’s out to prove they made the right decision. [NHL]

• The New York Islanders are going to have to get ‘Mozart/Shakespeare level creative’ in order to improve with their very limited cap space. [Eyes on Isles]

• For the first time, in a long time, the Buffalo Sabres are having to watch their cap room very closely as they prep for the future. [Sabre Noise]

• Hartford Whalers fans are still feeling the sting of losing their team to Carolina but their booster club remains as dedicated as ever. [The News & Observer]

• Did you know there is a road hockey ban in Toronto? One politician is working to get that rule off the books. [CTV News]

• Weren’t the New York Rangers supposed to make a blockbuster trade this offseason? [Blue Seat Blogs]

• Last season the New Jersey Devils were the second worst 5-on-5 possession team in the NHL. What kind of improvement should the team expect this year. [All About The Jersey]

• Comparing the Toronto Maple Leafs’ big three to … Pokemon’s big three. [Leafs Nation]

• Watch Jack Eichel and Jimmy Vesey take a couple shifts together at the Foxboro Sports Center Summer League in Massachusetts. Good sign for Buffalo Sabres fans? [Die By the Blade]

• Reviewing the season of Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Cam Atkinson who set personal highs in almost all offensive categories. [Buckeye State Hockey]

• Assessing the draft value of goaltenders and their likelihood of finding success in the NHL. [NHL Numbers]

• Teams finding ‘diamonds in the rough’ through the late rounds of the draft is highly improbable, but the strategy in doing so can be improved. [Flames Nation]

• As NWHL teams begin to finalize their rosters, some players who made the team last season are being left off the paid list and having to opt for unpaid practice player positions. [Today’s Slapshot]

• “His deep-voiced bark is still matched by its bite, and the tough love he bestows upon the kids of the nation’s oldest minority-oriented youth hockey program remains as strong as ever. Neal Henderson, founder, coach, and father-figure of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, turned 79 over the weekend.” [Color of Hockey]

• Evaluating the Eastern Conference free agent signings for a one year fantasy hockey league. [Dobber]

• Finally, the bane of every hockey reporter’s existence: the canned sound bite. Learn nothing, yet everything from this video of how to be an NHL player giving an interview.