TORONTO – Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while drinking a Tim Horton’s double-double coffee. Amen to that, Canada.
*So, the Hockey News is basically already giving the Calder Trophy to Arizona’s Clayton Keller a month into the season. I think we might want to wait a few more months before we crowd the kid as the rookie of the year, as good as he’s been. Let’s not forget that Charlie McAvoy is the only NHL rookie that’s averaging north of 20 minutes of ice time per game, and is putting up good offensive numbers amid an offense that is clearly missing many of their big guns. Keller is good, but we’re not talking about Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid here, and come to think of it McDavid didn’t even win the Calder his rookie year either after getting taken out with an injury. Rookies like Brock Boeser, Mathew Barzal or D-man Mikhail Sergachev are certainly in the discussion as well, and get just as hot as Keller did in the season’s first month. So let’s get to the halfway point of the season, at the least, before we start breathlessly bestowing awards on NHL players, shall we?
*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos is among a number of very rich people reportedly caught in a bit of an off-shore investment scandal that blew up this week.
*Anthony Stewart and Chris Stewart get some TV time with their dad to talk about their hockey upbringing, and what’s made them the players they were, and are, in the NHL.
*Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec are spearheading the turnaround for the Montreal Canadiens after their dreadful start.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Paul Dupont was up bright and early this morning talking Hockey Hall of Famer Jeremy Jacobs with the folks over at Sirius/XM NHL.
*Daniel Alfredsson might have exited his past role with the Ottawa Senators, but he hasn’t ruled out a return to hockey in some form or fashion.
*For something completely different: John Lackey isn’t going to retire, so he’ll still get to see the slack-jawed yokel on the pitcher’s mound again next season. Yay.