NEW YORK - Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while happy to be friends with New York City, even if I don’t "heart" New York like the sign says at the airport when you land.
*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dave Stubbs on Harry Sinden happy that his longtime boss, Jeremy Jacobs is getting recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame. Sinden was the face of Jacobs ownership in Boston for a long, long time and together they put a lot of playoff teams on the ice year in and year out, even if the Cups didn’t follow in the late 1970’s, 1980’s or 1990’s as well.
*Roberto Luongo talks to my good buddy Chuck Gormley about his Italian heritage, his Twitter following and other things, but I’m not sure they got to the tire pumping.
*Apparently, the Toronto Maple Leafs were messing with the signage at one of their road arenas, and it’s caused a ripple with the hockey people in Canada.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has Washington Capitals backup goalie Philipp Grubauer dropping F-bombs after losing another game this season.
*There isn’t much to dislike about Colton Parayko’s game, but his five-on-five numbers haven’t really lived up to the hype thus far.
*For something completely different: Count me as bummed if the whole “Dark Universe” thing doesn’t happen. I actually liked the Mummy and thought they were on the right track with the whole shared monster universe thing.
BRIGHTON, Mass – As a workhorse 20-year-old hockey player, it wasn’t much of a warning signal when Charlie McAvoy missed Monday’s Bruins practice with what the team initially called “a doctor’s appointment.” But it turned out to be a fairly serious absence as the Bruins announced later in the afternoon that their prized rookie is going to miss roughly two weeks after undergoing a procedure at Mass General Hospital to address an abnormal heart rhythm.
According to the Bruins statement: “After the Nov. 26 game, Charlie told team physicians that he experienced heart palpitations during the game. Subsequently he underwent an evaluation, which diagnosed him with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The type of SVT Charlie has is not considered to be dangerous to his health but can recur at any time and causes significant symptoms.”
After consulting with a multitude of doctors, McAvoy and the Bruins opted for the procedure because of the high likelihood of the condition’s recurrence. McAvoy will spend the night at Mass General, and is expected to return to the lineup in a couple of weeks.
The timing of McAvoy’s procedure around the NHL All-Star break means he’ll miss fewer games than he might have otherwise, but it also means the 20-year-old is obviously out of the running to be a replacement for the injured Victor Hedman on the Atlantic Division squad. At this point it’s just good news that the B’s prized young rookie is going to be okay by all accounts, and that the team was able to catch the condition early on with McAvoy’s entire career in front of him.
The 20-year-old McAvoy has been one of the best rookies in the entire NHL this season with five goals and 25 points in 45 games along with a plus-18 rating, and the B’s D-man also leads all NHL rookies by a wide margin with 22:49 of ice time per game.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while readying for some serious NHL All-Star game action later this week.
*In a world where we sometimes think it would be easy to replace Tuukka Rask with somebody as effective as a No. 1 goalie for the Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes and Scott Darling serve as solid evidence that it really isn’t that easy to find a high-caliber goaltender. The Canes tried to go the route of grabbing a good, young established backup to be their No. 1 guy a la Cam Talbot in Edmonton, and it just hasn’t worked out for the Hurricanes. There is still time for Darling to step up and be the guy Carolina needs him to be, but it hasn’t happened yet.
*Rick Nash is a big fan of Pavel Buchnevich, and thinks the young Rangers forward can become a star in the league.
*It’s a sad day for USA Hockey as Jim Johansson has passed away far too young at 53 years old. Here’s a good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance on hockey’s loss with Johansson’s passing.
*In a great development for the Bruins and a not-so-great one for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ondrej Palat is out for an indefinite amount of time.
*NBC is already getting fired up about the heated Team USA/Team Canada rivalry in women’s hockey, and I am right there with them.
*One of the leaders in the Colorado Avalanche dressing room said that the trade of Matt Duchene away has improved Colorado’s culture “a lot.”
*For something completely different: It sounds like it was a pretty awesome experience to go to the Eagles/Vikings NFC championship game if you were from Minnesota. In other words, not so awesome.