Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while Tanguay is busy taking America...again!
*I kind of missed the "Mighty Ducks" phenomenon as I was a little too old to be the target audience when the movies first came out, but hopefully my kids will get to experience it fully with a new Mighty Ducks TV show in development. Gordon Bombay might be one of the greatest names for a movie character in cinema history, let alone hockey movie history.
*Speaking of hockey and television, it looks like PK Subban is going to get the big-shot experience on the Daily Show in the near future.
*A couple of major hockey figures say that the NHL has been completely silent on their pitches for funding to further study concussions.
*There’s a lot of concern over whether or not the Vancouver Canucks will play it smart at the trade deadline, but I’m more concerned about the health and well-being of this “sentagraph” that’s badly in need a breath: “It was only a little more than a week ago that the team’s effort to put everything together after kinda-sorta blowing it up a year or two back (at least as far as ownership would allow) was dubbed a “model rebuild” but that was not the world’s greatest take and I think everyone disagreed with it immediately.”
*The Chicago Blackhawks lost again and continue to spiral further out of a playoff spot with a team that sure seems like they should be better than they are.
*For something completely different: The Oscar nomination for the adapted “Logan” screenplay should be a game-changer for comic book movies.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while readying for some serious NHL All-Star game action later this week.
*In a world where we sometimes think it would be easy to replace Tuukka Rask with somebody as effective as a No. 1 goalie for the Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes and Scott Darling serve as solid evidence that it really isn’t that easy to find a high-caliber goaltender. The Canes tried to go the route of grabbing a good, young established backup to be their No. 1 guy a la Cam Talbot in Edmonton, and it just hasn’t worked out for the Hurricanes. There is still time for Darling to step up and be the guy Carolina needs him to be, but it hasn’t happened yet.
*Rick Nash is a big fan of Pavel Buchnevich, and thinks the young Rangers forward can become a star in the league.
*It’s a sad day for USA Hockey as Jim Johansson has passed away far too young at 53 years old. Here’s a good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance on hockey’s loss with Johansson’s passing.
*In a great development for the Bruins and a not-so-great one for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ondrej Palat is out for an indefinite amount of time.
*NBC is already getting fired up about the heated Team USA/Team Canada rivalry in women’s hockey, and I am right there with them.
*One of the leaders in the Colorado Avalanche dressing room said that the trade of Matt Duchene away has improved Colorado’s culture “a lot.”
*For something completely different: It sounds like it was a pretty awesome experience to go to the Eagles/Vikings NFC championship game if you were from Minnesota. In other words, not so awesome.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while happy to be done driving back and forth from Montreal for a little while.
*Carey Price was reportedly suffering from chronic fatigue at the beginning of the season related to some vitamin deficiencies. That’s got to be re-assuring to an NHL hockey team when their $10 million a year goaltender is starting to complain about chronic fatigue in the very early stages of his gigantic contract. It makes any complaints about Tuukka Rask making $7 million a year to be child’s play in comparison.
*It just keeps getting better with Isles rookie Mat Barzal as this weekend Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was raving about him and the way he plays hockey.
*Good for old friend Chris Kelly, who says that a gold medal for Team Canada at the Olympics would be a great capper to his hockey career.
*In an amazing story, the Vegas Golden Knights just keeping better and more powerful in their inaugural seasons. Pro Hockey Talk has the details.
*In an interesting twist and a harbinger of more changes to come for the organization it would appear, Paul Coffey was named as a skills coach within the Oilers organization.
*For something completely different: Tom Brady getting in touch with some F-bombs prior to today’s game against the Jaguars.