Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the snow is driving down from the heavens in Montreal.
*You’ve got to love the up-to-date NHL Network Power Rankings, where the Bruins are “movin’ on up like the Jeffersons,” according to analyst Kevin Weekes. You’ve also got to love that both Weekes and EJ Hradek want to see Charlie McAvoy replace the injured Victor Hedman in the NHL All-Star game at the end of the month.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman says that it’s extremely unlikely that power winger Patrick Maroon winds up sticking with the Edmonton Oilers in his walk season. He’d be a really intriguing fit for the Bruins given his size, strength
*Interesting piece on retired NHL player Mike Fisher talking about his faith, and identifying himself as more than just a hockey player.
*No shock to hear that Lou Lamoriello will make a deal to adjust the Maple Leafs roster if he feels that it’s right. Lamoriello would have traded his grandmother ahead of the Christmas roster freeze if the deal was right for the team he was running. Cold-blooded is the only way to really run an NHL team when wins and losses are the bottom line.
*Dale Tallon will only be making deals that make long-term sense for the Florida Panthers with the trade deadline approaching from the distance.
*For something completely different: Nancy Kerrigan has nothing to really say about the Hollywood revisionist treatment being given to Tonya Harding amid the popularity of the “I, Tonya” movie on the awards show circuit. It’s supposed to be a good movie, with Margot Robbie very good in the Harding role, but it’s a little much to have those winning awards then pay tribute to Harding after the role she played in Kerrigan getting clubbed in the knee. I think the Critic’s Choice Awards hit it right the other night when host Olivia Munn did a skit called “I, Nancy” where Kerrigan wonders why they made a movie putting Harding on a pedestal rather than the Team USA teammate she, you know, watched get clubbed in the knee by her ex-husband and his goons.