Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 30th anniversary of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album.
*Congrats to Mike Fisher, who retires with the Nashville Predators after his 17th NHL season playing at a hard-working, efficient and winning level.
*Interesting story on former NHL defenseman Brent Sopel, who is conducting clinics designed to help dyslexic children after overcoming his own personal battles.
*Here’s a notebook from Team USA at the World Junior summer showcase, which has less of a Bruins flavor than it did a year ago when Charlie McAvoy was putting on a show at the event.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) John Boruk is doing a little more writing for the CSN Philly site these days and has something on the Flyers needing to start producing the offense that ownership is already paying big bucks for.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Colorado Avalanche's Matt Duchene trying to be relaxed about the trade rumors.That’s probably the only way he can approach it, but it would be nice if you started to sense a little more aggravation from him about his situation coming off a down year, and now dealing with more trade rumors. One has to wonder if being too relaxed is part of the problem with a player that’s got tremendous skills, but allowed a stinky situation in Colorado to get him down last season.
*Here’s quite a move from Linus Omark during a European shootout exhibition. You may remember him from some of his tremendous shootout movies during his time in the NHL.
Linus Omark's shootout goal vs Torpedo last night. (Exhibition Game) pic.twitter.com/x4LP17Om1U— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) August 2, 2017
*For something completely different: A good scoop from Sean McAdam on Red Sox ownership limiting Dave Dombrowski’s ability to trade the organization’s top prospects. This has less to do with the Sox situation than it does with Dombrowski’s constant willingness to mortgage his own prospect cupboard for the “now” rather than the “later.”