Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while checking in for the final weekend of hockey on the Bruins calendar. After the Bruins development camp comes to a close, it’s about six weeks of Canadians retreating to their cottages and hockey moving to an absolute standstill until the end of August.
*So what is better than stirring up a hornet’s nest of Pittsburgh Penguins fans by forcing them to look at a photo of Tom Brady throwing his paws all over the Stanley Cup? Nobody seems to know where or why TB12 was mugging with Lord Stanley recently, but he looks magnificent doing it. It also means that Penguins fans are pissed off about it after the Pens won their back-to-back title last month. Anything to completely rattle the highly irrational Pittsburgh fan base is okay with me.
*Larry Brooks has his thoughts for the week, and it includes calling out Alex Ovechkin to get into better shape if the Washington Capitals finally want to get over the hump next season.
*Steve Simmons finds it ridiculous that we’re already talking about how much Auston Matthews is going to make in his next contract. A reminder that he’s coming off his rookie NHL season, and that shouldn’t even be a real consideration until he finishes up this coming season, and likely continues to build toward a Connor McDavid-like second deal.
*Veteran New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein announces his retirement from the NHL after a solid career with several stops along the way.
*The natives are restless saying it’s “status quo” for the Habs, and that’s not good enough. Didn’t they make a major trade for Jonathan Drouin and sign Karl Alzner in free agency while re-working a big part of their defense? How the heck is that status quo in Montreal?
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Calgary Flames scoring star Johnny Gaudreau excited about the big changes for the Flames in the offseason, and what it means for their immediate future.
*For something completely different: The opioid epidemic is one of the scariest, saddest things happening in this country right now.