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Storm Advisory for July 4: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

We hold this truth to be self-evident: that all Blackhawks will eventually become Hurricanes.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Seven Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Reading Assignments

  • Start today with this must read from RMNB. How did everything go so wrong so quickly for the Capitals? [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • The Caps went for it the last three seasons. Now they get the hangover without ever feeling the championship buzz. [Washington Post]
  • Alex Radulov is headed to Dallas on a five-year deal. Show of hands on how many think it will actually get to the end of the deal? [Stars]
  • Who were the winners and losers of the opening days of free agency? [ESPN]
  • Old friend Brad Malone, who spent all of last year in the AHL, somehow got a two-year deal from the Edmonton Oilers. [Oilers]
  • What went into the decisions of Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to head in different directions after twelve seasons together? [Puck Daddy]
  • If Marcus Kruger does join the Hurricanes, what will he bring to the team? More than you might think. [Second City Hockey]
  • A group of rec league players in Buffalo raising money for charity broke the world record Monday morning for the longest continuous hockey game: 250.5 hours, almost ten and a half days, featuring 3,422 goals. [Associated Press]