Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while we quickly approach the midpoint of the summer. How the heck did that happen?
*Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano is honored with a Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award in a pretty cool piece of recognition.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Michael Russo is about to head off on vacation, so here’s a primer for what’s likely to happen with the Minnesota Wild.
*Providence Bruins standout Wayne Simpson has officially closed the door on his P-Bruins time and signed a two-way contract with the Washington Capitals. It’s unfortunate that more experienced AHL guys like Simpson couldn’t get a taste in Boston despite playing well, but that’s a clear sign of the youthful talent Boston has in their organizational ranks.
*Marco Scandella is excited to play for the Buffalo Sabres, and for coach Phil Housley, after getting traded to Buff.
*Top Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat starred at Chicago’s prospect camp this past week and continues to show high-end potential in an undersized package that the Bruins passed on when they made Trent Frederic a pick at the end of the first round in 2016. Time will tell whether that was the right call, or not, for the Black and Gold.
*Former Boston College standout Miles Wood says he wants to be one of the big leaders for the New Jersey Devils this season as they look to make a jump in the Metro Division.
*The Carolina Hurricanes have locked up another young defenseman in Jacob Slavin to a seven-year contract as they continue to build something interesting in Carolina.
*For something completely different: Here’s a cool story about Tom Holland going undercover at a New York City high school to make sure he got the Spider-Man character right. Hard to believe that nobody recognized him there.