Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the Bruins get ready for a California trip that could get pretty rough.
*Great piece from Vincent Trocheck over at the Players Tribune where he details Jaromir Jagr playing DJ in the Florida Panthers dressing room, and rocking with hair band Poison for all his millennial teammates.
*Interesting piece on the best statistical defensemen pairings in the NHL, which – surprise, surprise – is led by Erik Karlsson since his return from injury.
*Carey Price talks about his mysterious injury and when he might return for the Montreal Canadiens, which he says will be sooner rather than later. I guess we’ll see on that one after the Habs claimed Antti Niemi on waivers today as well.
*Pretty soon the Arizona Coyotes will be able to ice the defensemen pairings they’ve always envisioned as the future of the franchise.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Rosen has five questions with NHL legend Peter Forsberg, who can rest easy now that Matt Duchene has been traded by the Colorado Avalanche.
*What is it going to take to fix the Chicago Blackhawks as wholesale changes are very unlikely at this point?
*For something completely different: Feature piece on James Franco, who has been pretty good in the episodes of “The Deuce” that I’ve actually been able to watch.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking forward to seeing “Thor: Ragnarok.”
*Matt Bartkowski says he has the best seat in the entire Calgary Flames dressing room while getting to sit next to the man, the myth, the legend and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr.
*The Florida Panthers made an investment in Mike Matheson with his contract headed into this season, and he’s settling into an encouraging rhythm for them.
*Speaking of the Panthers, with Halloween over, it looks like James Reimer is starting to turn back into a pumpkin while filling in for the injured Roberto Luongo.
*Fun little video where Mark Schiefele and Tyler Seguin engaged in a little best-of-three in rock, paper, scissors to see who would leave the ice last in pregame warm-ups.
*Alex Ovechkin talks to the Washington Post about his creation of a “social movement” in support of Vladimir Putin.
*The margin of error is narrowing quite a bit for Carey Price as he let down the Habs with his performance yet again on Thursday night.
*For something completely different: With a son named Finn, I am very much interested in the Finn crossover between "Star Wars" and "Adventure Time".
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering if it shouldn’t be more of an issue that potential Red Sox manager Alex Cora was good buddies with Dustin Pedroia when the two played together in Boston.
*Jaromir Jagr suffers a lower-body injury and then goes on Hockey Night in Canada’s “After Hours” program to show once again how wonderful it is to be “The Jagr.”
*The Ottawa Senators get Erik Karlsson back this week, but now they’ve lost power forward Bobby Ryan for a month with a broken finger.
*The Montreal Canadiens are getting exposed for the very flawed team that they are during a brutal start to the 2017-18 season.
*Keep an eye out on the Los Angeles Kings now that they’ve suffered an injury with Jeff Carter and do appear to be in the running for the playoffs this season.
*New Jersey Devils fans help a singer belt out the national anthem after there might have been a case of forgetting the words.
*Doug Gilmour might not have always enjoyed the prying eyes while playing in Toronto, a case that gives you an idea what it’s like to be a pro hockey player in a market like Toronto where everybody knows your name.
*For something completely different: There’s no doubting that Aaron Judge has brought life and energy back to the Yankees and that’s something that’s very good for baseball.