Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the snow is driving down from the heavens in Montreal.
*You’ve got to love the up-to-date NHL Network Power Rankings, where the Bruins are “movin’ on up like the Jeffersons,” according to analyst Kevin Weekes. You’ve also got to love that both Weekes and EJ Hradek want to see Charlie McAvoy replace the injured Victor Hedman in the NHL All-Star game at the end of the month.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman says that it’s extremely unlikely that power winger Patrick Maroon winds up sticking with the Edmonton Oilers in his walk season. He’d be a really intriguing fit for the Bruins given his size, strength
*Interesting piece on retired NHL player Mike Fisher talking about his faith, and identifying himself as more than just a hockey player.
*No shock to hear that Lou Lamoriello will make a deal to adjust the Maple Leafs roster if he feels that it’s right. Lamoriello would have traded his grandmother ahead of the Christmas roster freeze if the deal was right for the team he was running. Cold-blooded is the only way to really run an NHL team when wins and losses are the bottom line.
*Dale Tallon will only be making deals that make long-term sense for the Florida Panthers with the trade deadline approaching from the distance.
*For something completely different: Nancy Kerrigan has nothing to really say about the Hollywood revisionist treatment being given to Tonya Harding amid the popularity of the “I, Tonya” movie on the awards show circuit. It’s supposed to be a good movie, with Margot Robbie very good in the Harding role, but it’s a little much to have those winning awards then pay tribute to Harding after the role she played in Kerrigan getting clubbed in the knee. I think the Critic’s Choice Awards hit it right the other night when host Olivia Munn did a skit called “I, Nancy” where Kerrigan wonders why they made a movie putting Harding on a pedestal rather than the Team USA teammate she, you know, watched get clubbed in the knee by her ex-husband and his goons.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while basking in the first few golden moments of 2018.
*Kevin Shattenkirk is pumped to play in front of family and friends in the Winter Classic at Citi Field as a member of the New York Rangers.
*It’s a happy new NHL New Year for 2018, and here are a few hopes for things, courtesy of ESPN.com, that are “in or out” for 2018 including if this will be the year that Jaromir Jagr finally hangs up his skates.
*It’s been a tough season for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and perhaps appropriately they ended their 2017 schedule on a down note.
*Speaking of low points, the Edmonton Oilers bumped down another rung on the ladder with an embarrassing shutout loss to the Winnipeg Jets. This team just really doesn’t look like playoff material right now.
*The silent leadership of Jamie Benn has been a huge boost to the Dallas Stars this season as they creep back into possible playoff position.
*For something completely different: Here’s a preview of the top-10 TV items that are returning/debuting on the winter schedule. I certainly NBC’s always engrossing Winter Olympics coverage is part of this list.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while "The Last Jedi" is officially open for business.
*In honor of the 100th anniversary of the NHL, here are 100 reasons to love the league, its players and its storied history. I’ll give you one reason: Bobby Freakin’ Orr.
*It looks like Milan Lucic is becoming a good fit on a line with Connor McDavid out in Edmonton, something that I think the Oil envisioned when they originally signed him.
*A nice piece on the lasting friendship between Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury even after they’re no longer goalie tandem partners in Pittsburgh. A couple of Stanley Cups will do that for a goalie duo.
*They say that there’s no dancing in hockey, and there’s this ECHL player that is getting his groove on during pregame warm-ups.
*It sounds like Anthony Duclair is attempting to adapt and evolve his game with the Arizona Coyotes after fighting through the trade rumors.
*For something completely different: Speaking of the release of the new "Star Wars" movie, here is the first reaction from fans.