Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while bracing for a full weekend of reality show embarrassment coming from the RNC in Cleveland.
*Apparently the Anaheim Ducks won’t have to send any compensation to the Leafs for Jonathan Bernier unless Bernier lifts the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Final.
*Anybody that thinks Jamie Benn and Brad Marchand are comparable players deserving of the same contract shouldn’t be taken seriously as a hockey writer. It’s that simple.
*The Russian Hockey Federation has acknowledged that Slava Voynov won’t be a part of the World Cup of Hockey. It’s the absolute right move by the NHL and the NHLPA.
*This is apparently the rogue’s gallery edition of the morning because I’ve also included Mark Madden opining about the Penguins.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer Jason Brough has Brandon Prust ready to earn an NHL contract after ankle surgery.
*Good piece by Dave Stubbs getting the lowdown on the friendship between Brendan Gallagher and Brad Marchand, and what that means for the rivalry next season.
*Phil Kessel showed a lot of class in bringing the Stanley Cup to Toronto to a children’s hospital, and keeping it about the kids over the hard feelings between the player and the Toronto media.
*Down Goes Brown has a grab bag of NHL thoughts including a defense of Marc Bergevin for the PK Subban trade.
*For something completely different: Tom Brady is unequivocally, indisputably and undeniably innocent according to Joe Posnanski.
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