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Storm Advisory 7/23/19: NHL News, Links and Daily Roundup

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A toast to new beginnings, the league’s most untradeable contracts and the 2020 free agent class.

NHL: FEB 23 Penguins at Hurricanes Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Reading Assignments

  • Congratulations to our very own Andrew Schnittker, who is headed to the mountains for his first full-time job. (More below)
  • A look at the real reason Vancouver chased Mats Sundin. [Sportsnet]
  • All good things. That’s what Ryan Dzingel has heard about Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour:

Editor’s Note

Hey folks, Brian here. One of the downsides of having a staff as fantastic as the one we have here at CC is that you can’t hang onto them forever. It happened with Peter when he went to Rockford (and now works in communications for the NAHL), it happened with Kyle when he moved to WRAL, and now it’s happening with Andrew. It’s bittersweet, to be sure, but it’s also very, very gratifying to see them move on to tackle new challenges.

Andrew has only been an official staff member for a year, but I feel like I’ve known him forever. As the sports editor at Technician, he has been part of the press row contingent for many years (four? Five? I’ve lost count), and it was the easiest possible call to ask him to join our motley crew last summer. The man works his tail off, and there’s no one who deserves his first crack at a real-world sports journalism job more than Andrew.

One of the highlights of this past season was covering the Capitals series alongside him, sharing jokes, complaining about traffic, navigating the Metro and producing, if I can puff our chests out for a second, some damn good content.

When he called me yesterday to tell me he got the job, I asked him how big the sports staff is at the Mountaineer. The answer: it’s a staff of, um, one. This is to say that his calendar will be packed full of visits to the fine high schools of Haywood County, and maybe a jaunt into the big city of Asheville every once in a while. He’ll still contribute here from time to time, I hope, but his schedule just got a whole lot more full.

But if there’s anyone who’s ready to meet that challenge, it’s Andrew. I know we’ll miss him, but I also know he’s going to do great things. This is only the beginning. On behalf of everyone here, I offer our best wishes, our sincerest congratulations, and our great appreciation for everything he’s done for us. Thanks, Andrew, and good luck with everything!