Here are the hockey links from around the world, and what I'm reading
-- Andrew Ference is hurt and still recovering from his hip surgery in March, and won't be bought out by the Edmonton Oilers at this point. It's looking more and more like he'll be a candidate for long-term injured reserve next season coming off the hip surgery. And that's how a solid, proud NHL career, of over 1,000 games counting the playoffs, will end for a good man with a bright future beyond hockey.
-- Lanny McDonald and his world-famous moustache are going for another round in the courthouse against the Brookfield corporation.
-- Darren Dreger said on Vancouver radio yesterday that Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche are “big-game hunting” with Matt Duchene possibly in the mix for a move to improve their roster. It's funny, but I think I read that somewhere last week. Oh, yeah. It was my column, with the Avalanche moving to dangle Duchene in order to land Jacob Trouba as teams continue to line up offers if/when Kevin Cheveldayoff makes him available. I heard Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as the potential names ready to move from Edmonton as well, and now the latest is Arizona getting into the mix ready to make a big splash. The word in hockey circles is that John Chayka wants to make a big move with his two first-round picks and bevy of prospects to potentially land a big name/or move up in the draft to get Matthew Tkachuk. The sense is it's going to be difficult for Winnipeg and Trouba to get a deal done prior to July 1, and the Jets already have right-hand shots in Tyler Myers and Dustin Byfuglien. This is also why the Bruins have little chance to land Trouba if the best they can do is Torey Krug and a prospect, or Ryan Spooner and a prospect, or even Krug and Spooner combined. Other teams are offering young superstars that the B's really don't have on their roster. Sad, but true.
-- PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff affirming that he's not trying to trade Trouba, but at the same time saying that things happen at this time of year. That doesn't sound like a bulletproof endorsement to me.
-- In their own words: The top defensemen available in the NHL draft. It's from the NHL scouting combine a couple of weeks ago.
-- PK Subban says he is loud, proud and in love with Montreal amid whispers that he may be dealt this offseason after last year's low points for the entire Canadiens organization.
-- Wayne Gretzky wants to see the NHL retire the No. 9 league-wide in a show of respect and reverence for Gordie Howe.
-- Ryan Getzlaf welcomes another run at the Stanley Cup with former head coach Randy Carlyle. Then, on the other side of the aisle, we have former Ducks defenseman Ryan Whitney.
-- For something completely different: John Feinstein thinks Kevin Love would be great in a Boston Celtics uniform. No thanks. I'll take a pass after the 2-point performance in Game 5 the other night against Golden State. At one point he pulled up for a horrendous 3-point shot with the Cavs essentially on a power play with Andrew Bogut down-and-out with a knee injury at the end of the court. That's just not a smart player, and I think we've all seen that he isn't exactly a blood-and-guts guy either.