Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving a big, big thumbs up to Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s up toward the top of the Marvel Cinematic Universe pantheon, and a great tribute to the 1980’s high school comedies. Tom Holland is excellent, and Michael Keaton is one of the best Marvel villains up there with Loki as the menacing Vulture. He is at the center of one of the best, most gripping scenes in any of the Marvel movies to date. Now, on to the links:
*Pittsburgh Penguins owner Ron Burkle gives a wide-ranging interview about his ownership of the Penguins, and the journey to the back-to-back Stanley Cup wins.
*Speaking of the Penguins, could Phil Kessel be out the door in Pittsburgh because, basically, nobody wants to play with him anymore? Sounds like it could be.
*A former Penguins forward, Chris Kunitz, is joining up with the Tampa Bay Lightning because he believes they have an excellent chance at the Cup.
*Donald Fehr talks about a wide range of issues including the NHL/NBA revenue gap, and the future of the NHLPA participation in the Olympics.
*The Bobby Orr Suite at the Ames Hotel in Boston is a fantastic idea, and something that was executed really well and simply waiting for big B’s fans to stay there. I think it’s a little out of my price range and it isn’t a Marriott property, but if I had $500 to burn I’d definitely see what it’s all about for a night in the city.
*Down Goes Brown talks about the NHL players that have stuck with one franchise, and the chances that any of them will stay with one team for their entire career. I’d say Sidney Crosby is a pretty good lock at the top of this list to stay with the Penguins, since this is clearly a Penguins-themed morning skate today. I’d put Patrice Bergeron as the most likely player to remain with the Bruins for the balance of his career.
*For something completely different: Wow, some of these Frank Darabont emails from his time running “The Walking Dead” are pretty rough.