Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wishing FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ryan Johnston the best of luck in his audition for the Bruins play-by-play gig as he handles tonight’s 98.5 broadcast of the Bruins/Red Wings preseason game.
*While some rookies need development time in the AHL, the Hockey News thinks Vancouver Canucks forward prospect Brock Boeser should do his learning at the NHL level.
*Another day, another bummer in the hockey media world. FOH George Richards has been pulled off the day-to-day beat for the Florida Panthers and the Miami Herald will instead provide periodic coverage of the team.
*The Matt Duchene soap opera continues to play out in Colorado where he clearly isn’t a happy camper and is probably counting down the moments until he gets moved elsewhere.
*Michael Farber hopped on Montreal radio and declared that the Habs defense isn’t better than last year. They may not be personnel-wise, but a full year under Claude Julien will make them better by virtue of the coaching. If they can score enough, they’re going to be a pretty good team with Claude’s system and Carey Price in net.
*According to a poll of the NHL players, they expect Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby and Erik Karlsson to dominate this season.
*As one of several writers that have struck out on their own with hockey coverage, Erik Erlendsson continues to independently cover the Tampa Bay Lightning similar to the way he did prior to being laid off. Here on the PHWA podcast, he talks about it more in depth.
*Habs forward Andrew Shaw opens up about trying to conceal concussions in order to stay in the lineup. I hope there is less of this in the NHL these days as we learn more about head injuries, but competitiveness and job security are always going to make this a factor.
*For something completely different: Writer calls out somebody as being the stupidest person in the world. Writer doesn’t do the necessary research to realize that his target actually signs some of his paychecks. Writer quickly loses job and says he’d do it all over again. There’s something unfortunately poetic about all this, isn’t there?