Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while digging the overwhelmingly positive reviews for the new Spider-Man movie.
*The ultra-clutch Justin Williams is a free agent that’s wanted around the league, and he wants to go to a place where he has a chance to win.
*Darren Dreger and Ray Ferraro evaluate how much of a chance that Nail Yakupov has of hooking on with another team after not being handed a qualifying offer from the St. Louis Blues. How does a No. 1 overall pick turn into this much of a bust? Wow.
*Lightning prospect defenseman Mikhail Sergachev feels like he’s ready for Tampa Bay after arriving in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for Jonathan Drouin.
*There are plenty of excellent people that play hockey in the NHL, and Holliston, Mass., native Mike Condon is one of them. He’s been kind of a nomad throughout his hockey career since leaving Princeton, so it’s great to see him hook on with the Ottawa Senators for a three-year contract that could see him become a No. 1 goalie there at some point. Condon and his family are good people, so it’s great to see all that hard work and dedication paying off.
*Speaking of the Canadiens, they are apparently in desperate need of more bodies on defense after making all of their moves this offseason.
*Montreal-based writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Arpon Basu weighs in on the PK Subban/Shea Weber deal a year after it went down and looks at the ramifications for both teams since it all went down. It sure looks like Nashville is the big winner at this point, doesn’t it?
*Sad to hear about the passing of Oilers scout and former Edmonton Oilers enforcer Dave Semenko after a battle with cancer. Semenko was known for being big and tough (and rightfully so) as the guy that protected Wayne Gretzky, but he also a genial, charming man with wit, intelligence and a great attitude toward life. He will be missed. Condolences to all of his family and friends.
*For something completely different: This timeline of Phil Jackson’s awfulness with the New York Knicks really doesn’t even begin to tell the story.