Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m doing while waiting patiently for Bill Foley and the Las Vegas NHL expansion group to trademark "Jedi Knights" as one of their possible team names.
-- Here’s the story I referenced above about the Las Vegas franchise ownership leaking false names for their team to stir up the intrigue a little bit.
-- The amount of fighting in the NHL continues to go down; statistics show there were nearly 47 percent fewer fights last season than in 2010-11.
-- The World Cup of Hockey has Columbus coach John Tortorella torn between Team USA and his Blue Jackets duties.
-- The Hockey News tracks the evolution of P.K. Subban from wildly talented young D-man to force of cultural nature and NHL superstar.
-- PHT writer James O’Brien has a number of Calgary Flames players happily taking part in Calgary Pride Day.
-- Bruins prospect and former first-round pick Zach Senyshyn is going to miss most of training camp after surgery to remove his appendix this week.
-- For something completely different: This is a day that I remember from 33 years ago as a 9-year-old wondering what the heck the He-Man toys and cartoon were all about.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the Bruins are going into troll mode.
*Here is the aforementioned “troll mode” for the Bruins now that they’ve clinched a playoff berth. They came out with a marketing campaign where they’re dragging FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Felger for his early season take that the Bruins season is over. He also ripped the young players at the beginning of the year as well, so they used the sound from “Felger and Mazz” with video clips of David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy dominating for the Black and Gold, and shots of the young players mean mugging at the camera. It definitely shows that the Bruins perhaps care a little too much about what the media thinks about them, but it’s also a fair bit of clap-back toward a take that was a little too harsh on the B’s early in the season.
*What a great piece on the Stoneman Douglas hockey team as they embark on a national hockey tournament after winning at the state level in the weeks after the Parkland shooting.
*Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says the Hawks aren’t shaken even as they’ll be missing the playoffs for the first time in a long time. What a disappointing season.
*Despite a great season, Taylor Hall may end up missing the playoffs with the New Jersey Devils amidst his Hart Trophy-type season.
*Good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Auston Matthews is returning from injury ahead of the playoffs.
*For something completely different: This new, updated version of the Karate Kid web series looks awesome with Billy Zabka and Ralph Macchio.
Bruins star center Patrice Bergeron has been dealing with a fractured foot injury since late February. He sustained the injury while blocking a shot in the loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Coach Bruce Cassidy is predicting a return for Bergeron this weekend against the Minnesota Wild if he is medically cleared. He will be evaluated tomorrow.
Depending on the results from the evaluation, there might not even be a need to rush Bergeron back with the Bruins clinching a playoff berth in a 2-1 OT loss to the Blues yesterday evening.
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The Bruins currently sit six points behind the Tampa Bay Lighting for first place in the Atlantic Division. Ten games currently remain on the B’s schedule with the Presidents' Trophy also hanging in the balance.
If the B’s decide to make a run for the Presidents' Trophy, Bergeron would definitely provide a boost in play in addition to leadership for the final stretch of the regular season.