Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while things are starting to happen a month into the hockey season.
*Reports are circulating that a three-team trade that would have sent Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators has fallen apart. with the Bruins down three centers and besieged by injuries right now, it's interesting to hear the names of Duchene and Kyle Turris both out there, and available. It might be difficult for Don Sweeney and the Bruins to pull off a deal with the divisional rival Senators at this point, but Turris would be a nice addition to Boston’s lineup given how they’re aging down the middle.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri asks the million dollar question: What in the world is wrong with Carey Price up in Montreal right now?
*Best wishes to former NHL referee Kerry Fraser, who has been diagnosed with a rare, incurable form of cancer.
*Alex Tanguay and EJ Hradek spend some time on the NHL Network discussing their predictions for this weekend’s action in the NHL.
*Who says hockey players can’t misbehave? Alex Killorn and Kevin Hayes were among the players fined for dueling water bottle incidents in a recent Lightning/Rangers game that included a TV analyst getting caught in the crossfire between the benches.
*For something completely different: I have to take issue with anything but the “Challenge of the Super Friends” season with the Legion of Doom being the best season on Saturday morning.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while totally wowed by the sight of wizened, old Luke Skywalker in the Millennium Falcon.
*Okay. I know we’re not sending our best hockey players to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but did we have to send Team USA with these truly dreadful jerseys. This look like something that was tossed in the rejection bin by the cyclists and speed-skaters. Yuk. What do you guys think?
*Nicholle Anderson tells her moving story of last year’s cancer diagnosis while her husband, Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, was supporting the family and ultimately back-stopping the Senators into the playoffs.
*Patrik Laine is struggling offensively for the Winnipeg Jets right now, and it has made things difficult for him along the way.
*John Tortorella is turning Zach Werenski loose on offense as a bit of a rover on defense for a Columbus Blue Jackets team that could use more offense.
*Jay and Dan might be gone from US television for the most part, but it doesn’t mean they’re forgotten when it comes to entertaining all of us hockey fans.
*While I don’t think the reasons behind the success of Tampa Bay’s power play with Nikita Kucherov and Stephen Stamkos are very complicated, here is an article attempting to break it down.
*For something completely different: What a great cast for the live action "Lion King" that includes James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering if it shouldn’t be more of an issue that potential Red Sox manager Alex Cora was good buddies with Dustin Pedroia when the two played together in Boston.
*Jaromir Jagr suffers a lower-body injury and then goes on Hockey Night in Canada’s “After Hours” program to show once again how wonderful it is to be “The Jagr.”
*The Ottawa Senators get Erik Karlsson back this week, but now they’ve lost power forward Bobby Ryan for a month with a broken finger.
*The Montreal Canadiens are getting exposed for the very flawed team that they are during a brutal start to the 2017-18 season.
*Keep an eye out on the Los Angeles Kings now that they’ve suffered an injury with Jeff Carter and do appear to be in the running for the playoffs this season.
*New Jersey Devils fans help a singer belt out the national anthem after there might have been a case of forgetting the words.
*Doug Gilmour might not have always enjoyed the prying eyes while playing in Toronto, a case that gives you an idea what it’s like to be a pro hockey player in a market like Toronto where everybody knows your name.
*For something completely different: There’s no doubting that Aaron Judge has brought life and energy back to the Yankees and that’s something that’s very good for baseball.