Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at how downright awkward it got for Ann Coulter at the Rob Lowe Roast on Comedy Central. It was funny mixed with something else given the humorless approach she took to the whole thing. Why even be there if you’re not going to roll with the jokes?
*The New York Islanders have an opt-out clause at the Barclays Center after three seasons, and they may just use it.
*Some great reporting here from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman, who reports on the 23 minutes that shook the NHL this summer.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Versteeg expected back on the free agent market after insurance complications in Switzerland.
*Lawson Crouse is even more motivated to make the NHL after being shipped from the Florida Panthers to the Arizona Coyotes.
*James van Riemsdyk is healthy and ready to get the World Cup of Hockey going as a member of Team USA.
*Ken Campbell asks how long the blemishes of the Edmonton Oilers will keep Connor McDavid from becoming the “face of the NHL.” Can McDavid put together one All-Star season before we start calling him the potential “face of the NHL”? He didn’t even win the Calder Trophy last season for goodness sakes. Boy, are we in a hurry to crown this kid before he’s actually ever done anything.
*What kind of role will mammoth defenseman Dylan McIlrath play with the New York Rangers this season?
*For something completely different: For some reason Felger has a problem with the Tom Brady sign being up at Gillette Stadium when Jimmy Garoppolo plays under center for the next four weeks. I admit it. I don’t get it.