Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after my 3-year-old made certain our front porch was already fully decorated for Halloween this past weekend.
*Two NHL teams donned their white jerseys for a preseason game with a giant miscommunication along the way.
*Former UMass Lowell goaltender Carter Hutton looks like a solid addition for the St. Louis Blues as a backup netminder.
*Barry Trotz and goaltender Philippe Grubauer talk about their World Cup of Hockey experience, and give a glowing review of Team Europe’s performance.
*Johnny Gaudreau isn’t signed with the Flames and it doesn’t look like a change is imminent there, but his agent says the left wing has zero desire to leave Calgary, and won’t be pulling a Jacob Trouba.
*The Philadelphia Flyers veterans aren’t feeling threatened by rookie Travis Konecny, who is pushing for a job in training camp.
*The CBC season preview series includes the best- and worse-case scenarios for the Montreal Canadiens this season.
*The youthful talent for the Toronto Maple Leafs offers a glimpse at the possibilities for this season and beyond. In other words: the Auston Matthews era has begun.
*For something completely different: the legacy of Big Papi goes far beyond baseball and gains him entrance to the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports icons right along with his three World Series titles…I’d put Bobby Orr, Tom Brady, Bill Russell and David Ortiz on my Mt. Rushmore because you have to have won to get past the velvet rope at the front of the club. All apologies to Ted Williams on that count, but he never got to the mountaintop despite his gaudy stats.
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.