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”.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while knowing that when it comes to 98 Mile or anything else…you’ve got to beat the man to be the man. And Dan Roche is “the man” right now.
*Sean McIndoe has the five retired NHL players who, surprisingly, haven’t had their number retired with former Bruins D-man Brad Park making the list. That’s a tough call given that his career was pretty equally split between the Rangers and the B’s.
*John Tavares says that he wants to remain a member of the New York Islanders even as speculation continues to mount that he’ll end up elsewhere.
*The Carolina Hurricanes are for sale and all somebody needs to do to pay for it is find a cool $500 million.
*Will the Buffalo Sabres make enough progress this season to finally make it back into the Stanley Cup playoffs after a rough couple of seasons?
*Speaking of the Sabres, PHT writer Joey Alfieri wonders what Jack Eichel’s contract is going to look like as another elite player that will win big on his second deal. One would imagine he’s going to get something a little above and beyond what Leon Draisaitl and David Pastrnak will command in the coming weeks.
*New York Islanders defenseman Calvin De Haan has avoided arbitration on a one-year deal with the Isles. It’s amazing how arbitration forces these last minute deals right before the hearing is supposed to get started, as happened with Ryan Spooner as well.
*For something completely different: This Trump and the Patriots column is certainly going to aggravate a lot of people.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still enjoying fireworks, of the NBA variety or of the standard variety, on the Fourth of the July.
*There was a big room for a reason when it came to the memorial for beloved NHL enforcer Dave Semenko after his passing.
*The Habs have named former defenseman Francis Bouillon as their player development coach in an organizational restructuring.
*The Carolina Hurricanes continue to be a team that’s building toward something as they’ve traded for Marcus Kruger just a couple of days after signing Justin Williams. There’s an interesting mix there if they can find enough scoring and get the consistent goaltending that they’re looking for.
*After being one of the in-demand amateur free agents this summer, Spencer Foo is “the guy” at Calgary Flames development camp.
*Hats off to Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who had a Fourth of July tweet that was as American as the bald eagle, apple pie or the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest on Coney Island.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) with a good explanation of the John Tavares situation with the New York Islanders and why there’s been no contract extension to this point.
*Is it too early for NHL fantasy hockey rankings? Not for the hard-working folks at NHL.com looking to stoke things up after free agency.
*For something completely different: The fireworks show for the Celtics turned out to be pretty awesome with the news that Gordon Hayward was coming to the Green Team.