Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while shaking my head at the dirty tricks politics going on prior to a huge day of primaries on Tuesday. It’s looking more and more there won’t be anybody I want to vote for on the Presidential ballot come November, and that’s a sad state of affairs.
*The Los Angeles Kings and Milan Lucic appear to currently be at an impasse over contract term, and it may push Lucic toward another Western Conference team.
*Lighthouse Hockey attempts to take a look at Johnny Boychuk’s season, and explain why it was down a tad from his first year with the Isles.
*The St. Louis Blues are facing a very real decision on whether or not they need to trade Kevin Shattenkirk. And many teams, like the Bruins, will be interested to know the answer to that Blues dilemma.
*So now John Scott is featured in Men’s Fitness Magazine on how he trains hard, eats right and stays strong on the ice. Okay.
*Pretty cool to watch Metallica rock the national anthem out in San Jose at the SAP Center prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final last night.
*In a very nice piece of good news, 82-year-old Don Cherry will be returning for another year of Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada. You’ve got to love Grapes.
*For something completely different: I haven’t seen Hamilton and don’t know a ton about it, but still enjoyed this Broadway Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the Bruins are going into troll mode.
*Here is the aforementioned “troll mode” for the Bruins now that they’ve clinched a playoff berth. They came out with a marketing campaign where they’re dragging FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Felger for his early season take that the Bruins season is over. He also ripped the young players at the beginning of the year as well, so they used the sound from “Felger and Mazz” with video clips of David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy dominating for the Black and Gold, and shots of the young players mean mugging at the camera. It definitely shows that the Bruins perhaps care a little too much about what the media thinks about them, but it’s also a fair bit of clap-back toward a take that was a little too harsh on the B’s early in the season.
*What a great piece on the Stoneman Douglas hockey team as they embark on a national hockey tournament after winning at the state level in the weeks after the Parkland shooting.
*Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says the Hawks aren’t shaken even as they’ll be missing the playoffs for the first time in a long time. What a disappointing season.
*Despite a great season, Taylor Hall may end up missing the playoffs with the New Jersey Devils amidst his Hart Trophy-type season.
*Good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Auston Matthews is returning from injury ahead of the playoffs.
*For something completely different: This new, updated version of the Karate Kid web series looks awesome with Billy Zabka and Ralph Macchio.
Bruins star center Patrice Bergeron has been dealing with a fractured foot injury since late February. He sustained the injury while blocking a shot in the loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Coach Bruce Cassidy is predicting a return for Bergeron this weekend against the Minnesota Wild if he is medically cleared. He will be evaluated tomorrow.
Depending on the results from the evaluation, there might not even be a need to rush Bergeron back with the Bruins clinching a playoff berth in a 2-1 OT loss to the Blues yesterday evening.
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The Bruins currently sit six points behind the Tampa Bay Lighting for first place in the Atlantic Division. Ten games currently remain on the B’s schedule with the Presidents' Trophy also hanging in the balance.
If the B’s decide to make a run for the Presidents' Trophy, Bergeron would definitely provide a boost in play in addition to leadership for the final stretch of the regular season.