Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready to spend another St. Patrick’s Day on the road.
*It certainly looks like a change of scenery has done wonders for speedy, skilled Ryan Spooner with the New York Rangers after the Rick Nash trade, and the talk is already going to his next contract in the Big Apple.
*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sean Leahy on Marc Savard’s sudden YouTube fame doing videos about taping your sticks like the pros.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the story of Vegas Golden Knights player William Karlsson and the most unexpected goal-scoring performance of the season from an NHL player.
*Interesting perspective from Damien Cox on the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, and how they dropped the ball as of late. It’s certainly no reflection on Pierre McGuire, who I think is going to be a conscientious, hard-working member of the committee, but changing the demographic nature of the membership might have been a wise thing to do in this day and age.
*Tough times for Martin Hanzal, who is undergoing spinal fusion surgery and will be shelved for the next six months.
*For something completely different: Pretty soon there are going to be no more brick-and-mortar stores left, and that is going to be sad.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while disappointed at the whimper that Team USA went out with during a shootout loss to the Czech Republic.
*Here’s the aforementioned rundown on the Team USA loss just ahead of the medal round with the Americans going 0-for-5 in the shootout after battling to a 2-2 tie. Team USA had their chances and Ryan Donato scored another goal, but it’s clear they weren’t one of the more talented teams in the tournament with no current NHL representation.
*Marc Savard is back with another one of his DIY stick-taping videos where, this time, you can learn how to do a candy cane-style tape job just like Phil Kessel on your hockey stick.
*Down Goes Brown has the most annoying things that NHL GMs will say or do around the NHL trade deadline.
*Brad Treliving insists that it was just a coincidence that the Flames’ trip to Las Vegas coincided with the players’ mothers visiting for a road trip.
*Ryan Suter might be getting up there in terms of age and games played, but he is still every bit the workhorse he’s always been while in Minnesota.
*Braden Holtby is going through a tough stretch for the Washington Capitals as the losses are stringing together against him.
*For something completely different: MC Hammer has still got it after all these years.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while glad I’ve already done my time at the Mall of America.
*Here’s something any Bruins fan will find entertaining: Marc Savard giving an instructional video tutorial on how to properly tape your sticks. If there’s one thing that Savard was always serious about during his playing days, it was his sticks.
*A good piece on the uniquely talented and Hall of Fame-bound Jaromir Jagr, who wanted to play forever. He certainly left an impression here in Boston during his brief stay with the Bruins.
*NHL All-Star weekend was also a great time for the US National Team Development Program, which is cranking out elite NHL hockey players.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston says that another side of Auston Matthews emerged at All-Star weekend. I appreciate what he’s doing here with the column, but this is also a bit of attempting to put a shine on a player that isn’t very charismatic. It just doesn’t feel like that’s going to be in the cards for a brilliant franchise player on hockey’s biggest stage in Toronto.
*An interesting exercise from Sports Illustrated where a column is written imagining that NHL players were indeed at next month’s Winter Olympics, and it turned out to be the US’s turn to shine.
*For something completely different: If there’s one Jerry Seinfeld story to read on the Internet today, this is probably it.