Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with a weekend of hockey until the warm, long embrace of the bye week for the Bruins.
*The story of Doc Emrick making time for a college student from his alma mater is completely unsurprising given how generous the legendary NBC Sports play-by-play man is to everybody with his time. Doc is the best of the best.
*Pierre Lebrun hops on the sports radio airwaves in Winnipeg and said he thinks Claude Julien is going to take his time making a decision on his next move. I believe that to also be true, and wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up taking a job somewhere that there isn’t yet even a coaching vacancy to be filled.
*Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson is going to return to the Sens as things have stabilized with his wife Nicholle undergoing cancer treatment.
*The trade market for Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop might not be as robust as it once was, but there is still interest from teams desperate for a goalie.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the sad news of influential, respected Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch passing away at 87.
*The Edmonton Oilers are in the thick of the playoff hunt and it’s making February games more meaningful than they’ve been for a long time with the Oil.
*Jonathan Toews' production levels are quietly on the rise with the Blackhawks. It’s interesting to see Patrice Bergeron following on the same trajectory with the Bruins after both participated in the World Cup of Hockey this fall.
*For something completely different: Marvel Studios gave a little teaser for their Infinity War series with the Avengers and it looks like it’s going to be damn good.