Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while trying to stay out of the heat. It’s a scorcher in Boston when it gets to 95 degrees before noontime.
*Jeremy Roenick had quite the man on the street odyssey for NBC Sports during the Stanley Cup Final as he ate hot chicken, got milk in his eyes and was tossed off a mechanical bull among other things.
*I wholly agree with Pro Hockey Talk that other NHL teams can’t “model” their blueprint for success off what the Penguins have done over the last couple of seasons. It’s an extremely flawed premise with Pittsburgh. It all starts with having the best player in the world in Sidney Crosby, and you can’t copycat that next season, or the season after, or anytime soon unless you get really fortunate in the draft. You probably also have to bottom out to get that kind of lottery pick in the first place, and then make some really good choices on the roster. The Pens had no business winning a Cup without Kris Letang, and you won’t see any other teams doing it without a bona fide, stud No. 1 defenseman in his prime anytime soon.
*The Golden Knights give you a “cribs style” tour of their new practice facility, which should be up and running once the season gets going.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that Montreal defenseman Nathan Beaulieu might not be long for the Habs organization. He doesn’t feel like the kind of defenseman that’s going to be of much use to Claude Julien and his preference for big, strong D’s that can handle business at the point of attack.
*The Columbus Blue Jackets will not be subjecting Scott Hartnell to the NHL expansion draft as he wasn’t approached about his no-movement clause.
*Here’s a really good piece on Scott Darling and his ability to overcome alcoholism and social anxiety while working his way up the ladder to the NHL. He has some really kind words for hockey agent Matt Keator as well, a great guy and obviously a loyal agent sticking with Darling through the tough times on his way to becoming a No. 1 goalie with the Carolina Hurricanes.
*Looks like the Denver University hockey program is going to have another strong season with a talented incoming class after last year’s successful campaign.
*For something completely different: Mark Hamill doesn’t know what his life would be like without Star Wars. Well, that makes two of us.