Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while hoping it isn’t over in the Stanley Cup Final tonight. You’d like to at least see it go to six games, wouldn’t you? Let’s try and find some energy there, San Jose.
*Good piece on Andrew Ference utilizing the Harvard Extension School to help build his career now that the NHL gig is likely up for him.
*The pride of UNH and Reading Memorial High School, Steve Saviano, is headed over to Belfast to play for the Belfast Giants. Do I smell road trip?
*The Dennis Wideman saga continues with the NHL suing the NHLPA over the reduced sentence for the former Bruins D-man slamming a referee from behind.
*Just to confirm, NBC Sports analyst and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Milbury doesn’t give a flying care what you think of him.
*Sidney Crosby knows his hockey history and he is keenly aware of what a second Stanley Cup would mean for his NHL legacy.
*Down Goes Brown gives a list of seven Conn Smythe candidates to consider with the Stanley Cup winding down this week no matter which team ends up winning.
*Corey Pronman gives a list of the 30 best NHL Draft prospects over the last five years,and the Matthew Barzal one is going to be a kick to the stomach for the Bruins after they passed on him three times in the first round last year.
*Jimmy Fallon has his Stanley Cup Final superlatives that include poking some fun at Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau.
*For something completely different: a grateful rest in peace to Bretagne, the last 9/11 rescue dog who passed on this week just shy of her 17th birthday. Your life of service before, during and after those tragic events is something to be commended and admired.
The Bruins announced Sunday they have signed Harvard forward Ryan Donato to a two-year entry-level contract.
Donato will be eligible to play in tomorrow's game vs the Blue Jackets.
The 21-year-old led Harvard in scoring in 2017-18, recording 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points in 29 games. Donato also represented Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he tied for the most goals in the Olympics with five in as many games.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while the Bruins are finally back in Boston.
*Larry Brooks says that the NHL playoff system is broken as it continues to “pass off mediocrity as parity.” I don’t really agree that there’s a big problem, but it will be too bad that one of the Eastern Conference’s two best teams (Boston and Tampa Bay) will be done after the second round of the playoffs.
*A pretty cool gesture from the Montreal Canadiens as a group of them wore turtlenecks during warm-ups on Saturday night prior to playing Tomas Plekanec for the first timer as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
*Congrats to the Team USA Paralympics squad for capturing another Gold Medal for the Red, White and Blue. What a great story they are.
*Evander Kane opens up about Winnipeg, his past on social media and hockey culture as he seems to have found a place where he’s comfortable in San Jose.
*The Carolina Hurricanes are suspending their GM search until the group of available candidates can widen in the offseason. That was probably always for the best.
*The New York Islanders are getting a little weird with things here late in the season as they’re taking a look at John Tavares on the wing. Hmmm. Seems like an odd move.
*For something completely different: A great return for Bill Hader to Saturday Night Live where he revisited a number of his best characters.