Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a safe and happy New Year!
*The rumors are beginning to swirl with the Montreal Canadiens and Max Pacioretty potentially being made available. Boy, it’s beginning to look like they traded the wrong player in initially deciding between PK Subban and Pacioretty, isn’t it?
*You’ve got to love David Pastrnak fooling around at morning skate and keeping everybody loose prior to Saturday night’s game in Ottawa.
*Jack Eichel is getting his right real spotlight NHL moment with the Sabres involvement in the Winter Classic, but he isn’t approaching it that way.
*Brady Tkachuk is making a name for himself with Team USA at the World Juniors, but clearly also has some family history to live up to as well.
*The recent play of Sergei Bobrovsky should be raising some concerns with a Blue Jackets team that needs him to be brilliant every night.
*Clayton Keller has enjoyed a brilliant first three months to his rookie season, but it’s looked lately like he needs to break through the rookie wall.
*For something completely different: Remembering all of the legends that we lost in 2017 in another rough year.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.
*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.
*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.
*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.
*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering how placing “@Midnight” at 11:30 p.m. makes any sense. Answer please, Comedy Central?
*Max Pacioretty hates Team Canada and Team USA clearly has one mission when it comes to their World Cup competition.
*Wayne Gretzky hopes that the Edmonton Oilers can create new memories, and greater glory, in their new downtown arena.
*Here’s one modest proposal that the World Cup of Hockey should have been 4-on-4 play instead of normal 5-on-5 tournament play. Here’s my reaction: “Nah.”
*Johnny Gaudreau is apparently looking to make $8 million per season on his next contract with the Calgary Flames, and that would explain why he hasn’t yet signed.
*The speed and skill was on display for North America on Thursday night as they completely overwhelmed Team Europe in a World Cup scrimmage. Particularly alarming for Bruins fans was the way Zdeno Chara was swarmed by the skill, speed players on the young North American roster as he was continually turned around and beaten in races back to the D-zone. The highlights of the game were a bit of a horror show for him. Woof.
*Brandon Prust has paid his dues after getting dropped to the AHL last season, but making the Maple Leafs roster won’t be easy.
*Vladimir Sobotka is injured during a World Cup exhibition, and that puts a dark cloud on his immediate future be it with the Blues or the KHL.
*For something completely different: your weekly dose of Boston comedian and Bruins fan Billy Burr.