Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while dealing with the oppressive heat in the Warrior Ice Arena press box.
*Interesting piece from Justin Bourne about Radko Gudas and the reasons why he wasn’t disciplined for a Randy “Macho Man” Savage flying elbow from the top turnbuckle. I happen to believe nothing happens by circumstance or accident when it comes to guys like Gudas and borderline actions on the ice, but maybe that’s just me.
*Jaromir Jagr is back home in the Czech Republic after leaving the NHL but indicates that he’s not done by a long shot.
*Interesting piece on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and how they may wait until their prospects are “overripe” for call-ups to the NHL. That’s a luxury for a team that’s in the playoff mix, but the issue is that some organizations simply can’t afford the time, patience or depth required to let prospects follow a deliberate, formative development path.
*The so-called “spare parts” are doing a great job for the Vegas Golden Knights, and have already set an NHL record for the most wins in the first year of an NHL expansion team.
*SiriusXM/NHL analyst Patrick O’Sullivan took aim at the goaltending interference non-calls that took place in the NHL on Thursday night, and wonders if that’s going to be the measure of the law going forward.
*For something completely different: It certainly sounds like the “Black Panther” movie is going to be something special for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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 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.