Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with the NHL in full bloom.
*There is most definitely a youth movement across the NHL over the past few seasons, but that hasn’t really extended to goaltending. Interesting piece from Kevin Woodley.
*The Carolina Hurricanes make a bit of an unconventional decision and decide to split the captain duties between Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk.
*At opposite ends of the spectrum in their NHL careers, Connor McDavid and Patrick Marleau demonstrate the fine art of anticipation on opening night.
*The Columbus Blue Jackets got a taste last season under John Tortorella while getting back into the playoffs and now they want the whole damn thing.
*Solid piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Divver about the good times that continue to roll for the Providence Friars.
*Kevin Shattenkirk is living out his dream playing the defenseman position for the New York Rangers, and his family is along for the ride.
*It sure sounds like Jiri Hudler needs to be put in timeout after reportedly causing a pretty nasty ruckus on a Delta flight.
*Nico Hischier is past the hype of being selected first overall in the draft, and now he’s looking forward to getting his NHL career going.
*For something completely different: Some cryptically teased spoilers for the Season 6 twists and turns on “Arrow”.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and hoping for a safe, festive and reflective Fourth of July for everybody out there.
*A gripping account from Steve Simmons of the NHL life and times for Shayne Corson as he battled crippling anxiety through his career.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle paints a picture of how much more the Maple Leafs can spend after going three years at pretty good money for Patrick Marleau.
*It appears that after all the song and dance, Ilya Kovalchuk will be heading back for another season in the KHL next year. This is always the risk in attempting to woo Russian players away from the KHL, or trying to keep them away from Mother Russia.
*The Colorado Avalanche are in a spot where they can give chances to downtrodden NHL talents, and they did just that with Nail Yakupov after signing him to a one-year deal.
*It would appear that the Dallas Stars are really going for it after signing Alex Radulov, or at least it would appear they’re under the impression they can continue to try and outscore every other team in the league. I actually hate this signing for them, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next couple of seasons.
*The Washington Capitals continue to be busy as they signed Andre Burakovsky to a three-year bridge deal.
*For something completely different: I hope that Terry Francona is okay amid the health troubles dogging him lately. Plenty of heart issues in his family health history, and you really can’t fool around with that stuff.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while hoping the worst is over for the people impacted on Capitol Hill today.
*Interesting piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz on the options for Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton if they don’t return to San Jose. I certainly don’t see either one of them as options for the Bruins, so don’t even ask.
*Some big decisions ahead for the Philadelphia Flyers as they decide what to do with players like Andrew MacDonald and winger Matt Read, and then get ready for a hugely important No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
*Is Evgeni Malkin the greatest Russian-born player in NHL history? It’s an interesting question where Malkin’s team accomplishments with the Penguins certainly need to be taken into account, but how can the best Russian-born NHL player not be one of the top-100 players in NHL history?
*Nice piece by Bruce Garrioch on the Anderson family in Ottawa as Nicholle continues on her road to recovery, which is far from over.
*The Hockey News is bullish on the Nashville Predators being back in the Stanley Cup Final next season, but I’m not so sure. The Blackhawks are going to bounce back in a big way and the Oilers are going to be a powerhouse next season. Mark it down.
*Do I like or loathe the USA Hockey’s World Junior Championship jerseys for an outdoor game that are made in the style of the Buffalo Bills? C’mon. What have the Bills ever done to deserve this kind of homage other than losing a bunch of Super Bowls? Wide right, I say.
*Dion Phaneuf isn’t expected to waive his no-movement clause to make himself eligible for the expansion draft, and that means he’ll be back with the Ottawa Senators next season after finding a comfy home there. Fans can be angry at Phaneuf if they want, but take it up with the executive that traded for him in the first place knowing he had the NMC.
*For something completely different: Great news that the "Dark Phoenix " movie has a director and all of the returning X-Men players you’d want to see outside of Hugh Jackman returning as Wolverine.