Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while the working world of sports journalism becomes a tougher and tougher place to make a living with each passing day. Stick salute to Pierre Lebrun, Scott Burnside and Joey MacDonald today, three talented and valued peers in our hockey media world.
*Craig Custance provides the New York Rangers with the ways that they’ll be able to bust through the 1-3-1 trap employed by the Ottawa Senators, which they should be able to do given their tremendous team speed.
*It looks like Troy Brouwer will be left unprotected by the Calgary Flames in the expansion draft, which is a giant turn less than a year after signing a big free agent contract with them.
*Erik Karlsson said he’s “not much into secrets” in revealing the foot injury he was playing through. I suspect he’s out of the woods with the injury, however, or he wouldn’t be quite so open about it while he’s still playing.
*The story of how Patrick Maroon ended up with the Edmonton Oilers and really energized his career with the move.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer Mike Halford has Tyler Seguin undergoing shoulder surgery now that the year is over for the Dallas Stars.
*Pierre McGuire says he is “really happy” for Bruce Cassidy taking over as the head coach of the Bruins on a full-time basis.
*For something completely different: SI gives us the top 50 wrestling catchphrases of all-time in a list that the masses never knew they needed so badly. I’ve got to say, though, I’m a little disappointed there wasn’t a single Rowdy Roddy Piper one on there that I saw. That’s a stunning omission and in general the old WWF wrestlers were ignored a little too much.