Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after a rough weekend for the Justice League movie.
*Radko Gudas was suspended for 10 games after slashing at the head of Mathieu Perreault, and it’s an appropriate sentence for a play that has no place in the NHL, and from a player that really deserves to get slapped around by the Department of Player Safety. Some like the Hockey News here believe it should have been a more severe suspension, but this is the right move with a player that’s headed toward a Raffi Torres sentence the next time he crosses over the line. Let’s hope the message finally gets through to a dirty player, but I’m not holding my breath given his past history.
*Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is beginning to take some heat in Edmonton with a hockey team that’s performing way under expectations to this point.
*All Alexander Radulov wanted was to feel like he was wanted, you guys. The Dallas Stars just so happened to say that to him in the form of money and contract years.
*NHL.com does a Calder Trophy voting poll with their own staff and it looks like Clayton Keller is strongly in the lead, and that Charlie McAvoy isn’t getting nearly the mount of consideration that he should be getting right now. This is the only rookie averaging more than 20 minutes of ice time per game, people…c’mon now.
*It’s officially over for the Montreal Canadiens just a couple of months into the season, and it may be for GM Marc Bergevin as well. I’m not sure the Habs are dead and buried quite yet, but Carey Price as a question mark certainly doesn’t help matters.
*Hall of Famers Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne were both honored in Anaheim this weekend after their Hockey Hall of Fame honors last weekend.
*For something completely different: Here’s a petition for fans to get a home release of the Zack Snyder cut of the Justice League movie. These people thirsting for ponderous, bombastic drudgery in their comic book movies amazes me. While I feel for Snyder and his family given their tragedy over the last year, I think his movies are god-awful and can’t fathom why anybody would be pounding the table demanding to see a cut that left the DC and Warner Brothers execs running and screaming for Joss Whedon.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while praying for the beautiful people of Puerto Rico. I’ve been there several times on vacation and it’s sad to think of how decimated things are by natural disaster right now and how many people are struggling for simple things like drinkable water.
*Milan Lucic talks about training with Terrell Owens in the offseason and building up chemistry with Leon Draisaitl for the Oilers.
*Interesting piece on Joel Ward, who wouldn’t rule out taking a knee during the national anthem as an NHL player.
*The NBC Sports booth just got a little more combustible during NHL games with Mad Mike Milbury moving into FOH (Friend of Haggs) Eddie Olczyk’s color analyst role while he battles cancer. Continued thoughts and prayers, as well, with Edzo for a speedy and full recovery.
*Speaking of NBC’s coverage of the NHL, this piece from Larry Brooks about their coverage plan during the Olympics is very interesting.
*Henrik Lundqvist is pleased with his preseason performance as he still wants to prove he’s “got it” with the Rangers.
*For something completely different: Sometimes, a trip to Target isn’t really a routine trip to Target at all.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while NHL training camps, and thereby the wonderful game of hockey, are set to get going at the end of the week.
*The massive contract handed out to Connor McDavid by the Edmonton Oilers is the highest value contract in the entire NHL, according to analytics. It certainly is great value if he continues to stay healthy, which is always the most difficult thing to predict for any of these young athletes.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Rosen takes a look at the storylines from training camp in each of the Eastern Conference markets, and of course the biggest story with the Black and Gold is the unsigned status of David Pastrnak.
*A good 1-on-1 interview between Frank Seravalli and Winnipeg Jets young star Mark Scheifele as that team embarks on an extremely important season.
*After some speculation in recent days that he might bolt when given the chance in free agency, Drew Doughty said he wants to remain in LA and keep winning games with the Kings.
*Could Snoop Dogg be getting into the hockey ownership game after being a proud wearer of hockey jerseys for years? One thing is for sure: Any team owned by Snoop would have some pretty awesome post-win celebrations after big victories.
*Brendan Shanahan is smartly not buying into the hype surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs with the franchise depending on so many young players that are still developing their respective games.
*For something completely different: As it happens, the “It” smile is completely terrifying with or without the clown makeup.