A Little Wednesday Afternoon Reading…

The summer solstice has arrived and I’m in full baseball mode at the moment. My local team the Valleycats has started off at 2-3 but starting to show some promise. And my first Yankee Stadium visit of the season comes on Sunday, I will be at the Old Timers Day game and Yankees-Rockies (may have something up on that next week). In the meantime here’s a few stories I’ve come across to get you through to the draft and the start of free agency next week:

One of my go to sources for Devils transactions and other news is a blog out of the Bergen (N.J.) Record, Fire and Ice. There you will find the two Devils news stories of the day, the re-signing of defenseman Jay Leach to a 1 year deal (he was due to be an unrestricted free agent) and restricted free agent forward Alex Vasyunov’s decision to return to his native Russia to play in the KHL next season. Scroll down more for some possible draft pick previews.

Wilkes-Barre beat writer Jonathan Bombulie compiled a list of the top 50 AHL free agents (which turned into a list of 192) available. Some interesting names up for grabs this offseason.

The best time waster hockey wise right now? Have to love the NHL Players as Kids page on Tumblr. Baby Zach Boychuk? Classic.

A story out of New York Magazine that came across my Twitter feed the other day, about the most infamous swap in Yankees history. And it wasn’t on the field.

I’m hoping to release a player tracker entry at the start of the free agency period. I tried to get as many contracts listed as possible, but as everyone knows trying to get info out of the Devils brass is like pulling teeth, lots of Googling and going through different sites just to find what I needed. The plan is to hopefully send out an updated list once a month during the offseason months as to who’s coming and going. So stay tuned for that…and some other summer reviews as we need something to fill the void before the fall.

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