Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what the holdup was with JD Martinez?
*Here’s the New York perspective on the Rick Nash deal with Jeff Gorton not wanting to give up such a big piece with the Rangers, but clearly needing to in a rebuild. It was interesting that the seeds began getting planted on the deal way back in November before it finally became a reality this weekend.
*It’s official that Mike Fisher is back with the Nashville Predators and in for another potentially long playoff run.
*In the interest of self-promotion here’s a radio hit in Toronto from Sunday night where I talk about the Bruins deadline moves and give the Maple Leafs credit for a Tomas Plekanec deal that could be a big factor in a possible Bruins/Leafs playoff series.
*Speaking of the trade deadline, it’s D-Day for Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators as they either move their Norris Trophy-winning defenseman or wait until the summer to deal a franchise player that seems destined to go elsewhere.
*What a great story where Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School won a state high school hockey title in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at that school.
Less than two weeks after the tragic shooting in Parkland, Marjory Stoneman Douglas brings home the state hockey championship pic.twitter.com/vRzYtQl1S5— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 25, 2018
*Pavel Datsyuk views the Olympic gold medal as more important than the Stanley Cup titles, according to Pro Hockey Talk.
*For something completely different: Best wishes to Kevin Smith on a speedy recovery from a scary heart attack at 47.