Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while praying for the beautiful people of Puerto Rico. I’ve been there several times on vacation and it’s sad to think of how decimated things are by natural disaster right now and how many people are struggling for simple things like drinkable water.
*Milan Lucic talks about training with Terrell Owens in the offseason and building up chemistry with Leon Draisaitl for the Oilers.
*Interesting piece on Joel Ward, who wouldn’t rule out taking a knee during the national anthem as an NHL player.
*The NBC Sports booth just got a little more combustible during NHL games with Mad Mike Milbury moving into FOH (Friend of Haggs) Eddie Olczyk’s color analyst role while he battles cancer. Continued thoughts and prayers, as well, with Edzo for a speedy and full recovery.
*Speaking of NBC’s coverage of the NHL, this piece from Larry Brooks about their coverage plan during the Olympics is very interesting.
*Henrik Lundqvist is pleased with his preseason performance as he still wants to prove he’s “got it” with the Rangers.
*For something completely different: Sometimes, a trip to Target isn’t really a routine trip to Target at all.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while back watching players skate around the frozen sheet today.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs have become a team that players are drawn to now that the young stars are seemingly multiplying in the Big Smoke.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the details on a sad situation with Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur failing his physical after making it all the way back from concussions for the playoffs last spring.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has all the details from an awkward first day of camp in Colorado where Avs center Matt Duchene clearly doesn’t want to be there anymore. It was basically right out of the “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” playbook from Marshawn Lynch.
*Milan Lucic worked with Terrell Owens of all people this summer to improve his speed and explosiveness in his second year with the Edmonton Oilers. What a duo that must have been together.
*David Pastrnak wasn’t the only NHL player to lock down a six-year deal yesterday as the Winnipeg Jets signed Bryan Little to a six-year contract.
*For something completely different: Best Wishes to Andrea Bocelli, who is in the hospital after falling off a horse.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while all armed and ready for tonight’s return of Game of Thrones.
*Funny video as Jonathan Drouin goes undercover in Montreal to see how many Habs fans might know who he is. I don’t think he’ll be able to do this so anonymously next summer after his first season in Montreal.
*Milan Lucic gave the Oilers some major street cred and was a big part of their skill players getting the room to operate, but there is already noise being made about his contract. Did Peter Chiarelli know that the Oilers were probably going to be stuck with an overpriced Lucic in the final couple of years of that contract? Yeah, I think so. But there is zero doubt in my mind that Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl don’t have the kind of breakthrough seasons that they had offensively if Lucic, Patrick Maroon and guys like them weren’t regularly in the lineup for Edmonton. They are a tough team to play against, and that’s exactly what Chiarelli’s blueprint has been for team-building in his time as a GM in the NHL. This is the cost of doing business if you’re the Oilers, and there’s no point in whining and crying about that contract while Edmonton is building toward a Cup contender. If they win, nobody should be complaining.
*It sure looks like John Tortorella is going to be in line for a big pay raise out in Columbus given some of the other coaching salaries around the league.
*It’s an interesting question to ask how the Arizona Coyotes are going to play under new head coach Rick Tocchet.
*Here are four ways that a brand new ownership group could be a very good thing for the Carolina Hurricanes.
*With the retirement of Andrew Ference, here’s a look at other steals in the ninth round of the NHL Draft that no longer exists.
*For something completely different: A fun piece about which missing Game of Thrones characters will return this season. I’ve expected to see Gendry again toward the end, so I’m not surprised to see him toward the top of the list.