Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while getting ready for Saturday’s #ClearTheShelters Day involving personalities and employees across the NBC Universal family here in New England, and most importantly the dogs and other animals that are looking for good, loving homes across the region. If you have room in your heart for a stray or rescue dog, this weekend is a great time to make it happen.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer Mike Halford has a number of teams involved in the negotiations for Hobey Baker winner and suddenly free agent D-man Will Butcher, but the Bruins aren’t among them. Geez, didn’t somebody say the B’s should take a pass on this player? I wonder who that was. BTW, congrats to Halford and Jason Brough as they leave NBC and Pro Hockey Talk for other opportunities after a great run there.
*Can the Maple Leafs kids avoid the sophomore slump this season after so many of them were brilliant last season in their first NHL go-round?
*Marc Spector says that the Leon Draisaitl negotiations will eventually end with the player coming to an agreement with the Oilers on a new contract.
*Good buddy Nick Cotsonika has got the fun gig of traveling with a Golden Knights goodwill tour bus that’s traveling all over the areas around, and outside of, Nevada.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Steve Buckley is wondering why the Bruins struggle in handling their best young players. It’s a legitimate question given their past with Seguin, Hamilton and Kessel, but let’s see what happens with David Pastrnak before totally crushing them. They know what they have, they value what they have and they’re not going to trade him.
Interesting piece from Justin Bourne about how his views have changed after two seasons as an assistant coach in the Maple Leafs organization.
*For something completely different: My dear Gare Bear advocates for the Celtics to trade Jayson Tatum for Kyrie Irving. Don’t you do it, Danny!
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.
*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.
*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.
*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.
*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.
Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.
It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.
“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”
Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: