Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while really enjoying watching “Justice League Action” on Cartoon Network every Saturday morning with my 4-year-old son. It’s just like the old days with the Super Friends on Saturday mornings.
*The window is still open for the Tampa Bay Lightning to win a Stanley Cup or at the very least make the playoffs. It’s teams like the Lightning and their expected improvement that are going to make it a much tougher road to hoe for the Black and Gold to get back into the Stanley Cup playoffs this coming season. I don’t see how the Bolts don’t make it in.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has NHL commissioner Gary Bettman shooting down Nassau Coliseum as a viable choice to again house the New York Islanders. I don’t blame him given what an outdated dump that place is these days when compared to state-of-the-art NHL arenas, but the Barclays Center in Brooklyn isn’t a long time workable solution either.
*It sounds like things could get a little contentious with a worker’s compensation lawsuit from former NHL player Mike Peluso against the league, and possible subpoenas for Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and Lou Lamoriello.
*It’s cool that the NHL is getting the Star Wars/Superhero treatment with their first official round of “Funko Pops!” dolls that essentially look like bobbleheads.
*It’s a contract year for Rick Nash and the New York Rangers in the kind of situation he’s never found himself in during his NHL career.
*For something completely different: Congrats to Rebecca Lobo and the rest of the inductees to the 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame class.