Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading. while readying for the last home game of the preseason tonight. Boy that went by quickly.
*Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is looking for the right mix on the fourth line for the Hawks.
*The NHL is coming late to the China party and it makes one wonder what will happen for the Winter Olympic Games set to be played there in 2022.
*PHT writer Adam Gretz has the Arizona Coyotes wanting to retire the freshly-retired Shane Doan’s number in the future.
*Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says that the decision to accept the White House’s invitation was independent of politics. Certainly, it was, but the timing of it and the feeble statement to go along with it left a lot to be desired.
*Pierre Lebrun goes 1-on-1 with Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien to talk about his past, his present and his future behind the bench with the Habs. I had always intended to subscribe to the Athletic, and this is the article that finally got me to do it as I get to read a few moments with one of the classiest individuals in the NHL in Julien. It certainly had a few rocky moments toward the end here in Boston for Julien, but I will always respect that guy as a coach and, more importantly, as a person.
*For something completely different: an interesting look at Alejandro Villanueva, the only Pittsburgh Steelers player, and a proud veteran, to stand outside the tunnel and on the field for the national anthem prior to the Steelers game on Sunday.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting back to the business of hockey next week.
*The Gila River Arena is beginning to show some prospects for the community of Glendale, but what would happen if the Coyotes franchise ever decided to pack up and leave?
*As a prospective baseball player, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville makes one hell of a hockey coach.
*PHT writer Ryan Dadoun has the Colorado Avalanche announcing the signing of Harvard standout Alex Kerfoot, who had drawn interest from around the NHL.
*Speaking of the Colorado Avalanche, University of Denver D-man Will Butcher is expected to make his decision this weekend and it’s possible he could circle back to the Avs. As I said a while back, the Bruins are not expected to be in the running given, from an organization standpoint, their overcrowded situation on the left side of their defense. They could use another stalwart top-four guy with some NHL experience on the left side to potentially pair with Charlie McAvoy, but Butcher really doesn’t fit that bill.
*Tyler Seguin says there are “no excuses” for the revamped Dallas Stars this upcoming season. That’s funny because I didn’t think there were really any excuses last season either but that didn’t stop them from completely sucking.
*For something completely different: "Batman" director Matt Reeves attempted to put out the fire on several Batman movie rumors, but he was pretty vague on some important ones. Like, is Ben Affleck going to actually be in these Batman movies and are they really going to be interconnected with the Justice League and other DC standalone movies? This feels like it’s going to end up being one big, giant letdown once fans learn the truth because I think this Reeves dude is going to be doing his own thing apart from the DC Extended Universe just when they’re beginning to get some traction with the Wonder Woman movie.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having no playoff hockey to enjoy over a couple of days because there wasn’t a single Game 7 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Pat Hickey says that the Montreal Canadiens aren’t going to blow up the Habs roster, according to Marc Bergevin.
*Apparently Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is not happy about assistant coach and longtime friend Mike Kitchen getting fired following Chicago’s disappointing finish.
*Neat little moment on Hockey Night in Canada with Clarke MacArthur talking to his parents, and obviously being moved, following his Game 6 OT winner against the Bruins on Sunday.
*The Blue Jackets showed something a little different in this year’s exit interviews, and it was about a hunger for next season after this year’s positive step.
*The New York Rangers might finally have something working for them that you most definitely need if you’re going to win a Cup: Good luck.
*It looks like Colin Wilson may be ready for a return in Nashville’s second-round series against the Blues, the first time these two teams have met in the playoffs.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has the details on Jumbo Joe playing in the playoffs with a torn ACL and MCL. I still can’t even understand how this is possible, but props to him and the example his toughness sets.
*Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan break down the Washington Capitals/Pittsburgh Penguins matchup on their Caps podcast down in DC.
*For something completely different: Clearly Maggie Gyllenhaal is just like the rest of us, just looking for an electric car charger at Whole Foods.