Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while the snow globe effect is in, well, full effect.
*Okay, it’s time to start getting the mea culpa ready. I might have been wrong in thinking that Malcolm Subban simply couldn’t play in the NHL. After a 41-save win on Friday night, the former Bruins first-round pick has a .924 save percentage and is pretty clearly taking to the goalie coaching he’s receiving with the Golden Knights organization. It’s still early and things could fade for him as shooters focus on his weak spots, but Subban is beginning to look like he was better than anybody with the Bruins thought he was before losing him for nothing over the waiver wire.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen with the USA Today says that it’s not tough to imagine an NHL with 34 teams in the near future, including new expansion teams in Seattle, Quebec City and Houston.
*If you’re a Blues fan, you’ll want to check out the Full 60 podcast from The Athletic featuring Jeremy Rutherford this week as their guest.
*The sale of the Carolina Hurricanes is imminent, and that’s a good thing for both the NHL and for the Carolina community.
*Fighting is diminished in the NHL, but Minnesota Wild forward Chris Stewart isn’t afraid to drop the gloves even in this day and age. God bless him.
*For something completely different: It’s great to hear that Kevin Feige is excited about welcoming the "Fantastic Four "and the "X-Men" into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That would be awesome.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while all of the NHL team Halloween party pictures are beginning to filter out through social media...Always good times.
*In the spirit of Halloween, Pro Hockey Talk has Ryan Reaves scaring the crap out of Phil Kessel with a creepy clown mask in a classic prank between teammates, I'm just glad Kessel wasn't armed with any hot dogs that he could have used as weapons in a prank gone wrong.
*Clayton Keller has been the rookie silver lining for an Arizona Coyotes team that has been absolutely dreadful to start the season.
*Carolina Hurricanes ownership is challenging any interested buyers to start coming up with the money as that franchise’s long-term future continues to be swirling.
*Things haven’t really changed for the Colorado Avalanche this season as they’re beginning to fade back toward the bottom in the Western Conference.
*How about those Vegas Golden Knights? They are off to a historic start as they continue to win as an NHL expansion team on their maiden voyage.
*Old friend Brett Connolly will miss at least the next couple of games after taking a shot to the head during his stint with the Washington Capitals.
*For something completely different: The "Shazam" movie is beginning to announce their casting choices, and they sound pretty good.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with the NHL in full bloom.
*There is most definitely a youth movement across the NHL over the past few seasons, but that hasn’t really extended to goaltending. Interesting piece from Kevin Woodley.
*The Carolina Hurricanes make a bit of an unconventional decision and decide to split the captain duties between Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk.
*At opposite ends of the spectrum in their NHL careers, Connor McDavid and Patrick Marleau demonstrate the fine art of anticipation on opening night.
*The Columbus Blue Jackets got a taste last season under John Tortorella while getting back into the playoffs and now they want the whole damn thing.
*Solid piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Divver about the good times that continue to roll for the Providence Friars.
*Kevin Shattenkirk is living out his dream playing the defenseman position for the New York Rangers, and his family is along for the ride.
*It sure sounds like Jiri Hudler needs to be put in timeout after reportedly causing a pretty nasty ruckus on a Delta flight.
*Nico Hischier is past the hype of being selected first overall in the draft, and now he’s looking forward to getting his NHL career going.
*For something completely different: Some cryptically teased spoilers for the Season 6 twists and turns on “Arrow”.