Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching a pretty great Olympic hoops game between Spain and Croatia on Sunday afternoon. The Dario Saric block at the end on Pau Gasol to seal the game was great stuff.
*Good piece on Frank Vatrano climbing his way up to the NHL in his first pro season after exploding onto the AHL scene last year.
*A look at the Chicago forward lines for next season, and perhaps what they’re selling Jimmy Vesey on: skating on a top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. I can see how that would be pretty tempting.
*Brendan Gallagher thinks that Shea Weber is going to fit in just fine with the rest of the Montreal Canadiens.
*A look at a few trade rumors, including the notion that Antoine Vermette might have to accept a PTO from an NHL team. I’m not so sure that’s going to happen.
*A look at where the World Cup of Hockey talent is coming from in terms of development programs, and routes to get to the highest level.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has a KHL player going on absolute rampage while attacking an entire team in a preseason game. I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like that in my near 15 years covering pro hockey.
*A recap of the World Junior Evaluation Camp including a lock that Charlie McAvoy will be on Team USA after a dominant performance.
*For something completely different: a brilliant piece of video essay masquerading as comedy from John Oliver detailing the plight, and importance, of print journalism.
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.