Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the new Brown Sugar Cinnamon coffee flavor at Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not Cookie Dough, but what is after all?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer James O’Brien has the details on Radko Gudas getting ejected for an ugly, reckless and dangerous slash to Mathieu Perreault’s head last night. Gudas should be facing a long suspension for a play that has no place in the NHL. It’s time for Flyers fans to stop making excuses for a player who’s no better than a cheap-shot artist and hatchet man. He has to face the music for consistently trying to hurt his fellow players.
*Frank Seravalli has some of the details for a historic GM meeting in Montreal where NHL hockey was born in the first place.
*You always need to link to a service dog being part of the pregame face-off ceremonies. That’s like a rule here at the morning skate?
*Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to a seven-year contract extension, according to reports from the Athletic.
*It’s been quite an eventful year for Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet and some of it has been to the extreme both good and bad just a month into his first year as bench boss.
*For something completely different: Chris Mannix is all-in on the Celtics being the front-runners in the Eastern Conference after their big win over the Golden State Warriors.
Bruins center Austin Czarnik was knocked out of Saturday’s preseason finale for the Bruins following a late, high hit from Flyers hatchet man Radko Gudas. The rookie has suffered a concussion, according to a tweet from New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke.
The timetable put forth was 7-10 days for the 5-foot-8, 167-pound Czarnik to return to full health for the Bruins, and that could certainly be the case if it’s a mild concussion. The truth of the matter with concussions, however, is that there’s no real clear recovery picture for concussions until a player has been symptom free for multiple days. So it’s realistic the 23-year-old rookie will miss the three-game road trip to kick off Boston’s regular season, and could potentially give another young B’s forward an extended look at the start of the season.
The injury is a crying shame for Czarnik, who had a couple of goals in the preseason and appeared to have the third line center spot all wrapped up at the end of camp. The emerence of a speedy young guy like Czarnik also gives the B’s a chance to load up on their top-6 forwards with both Ryan Spooner and David Backes on the wing.
Gudas, on the other hand, is due for a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety following the cheap, late interference hit on Czarnik, and could be facing a significant suspension of five games or more as a repeat offender. Gudas actually got off without punishment just a few days ago when he smoked an unsuspecting Jimmy Vesey with a booming hit. He won’t get away with it this time after throwing a late, high shoulder to Czarnik’s jaw in the third period of Saturday night’s game. Czarnik never returned to the game on Saturday night, obviously, and will have to keep on waiting for his first career NHL game after being the unwitting victim of a nasty check to the head.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while ready for a mega-sports Sunday in the city of Boston.
*Good piece by Jeff Jacobs on NHL prospect and 2016 first-round pick Tage Thompson, who is also the poster boy for the UConn hockey program.
*Sam Carchidi says that the Flyers are in roster trouble if Radko Gudas is suspended for his dirty hit on Austin Czarnik from Saturday night.
*Some Central Division storylines to follow with P.K. Subban very clearly leading the way in his first season in Nashville.
*Larry Brooks says that former Bruins forward Jean Ratelle has made peace with the Rangers after 40 years of things being awkward, and it goes back to the relationship he built with Jeff Gorton through the B’s.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan discussing why Nail Yakupov wasn’t a good fit with the Oilers anymore.
*Why on Earth is it so difficult for Stanley Cup champions to repeat after their long journey to the top? Well, largely because it is such a long, energy-sapping journey to the top.
*For something completely different: The final game of David Ortiz’s career as with the Red Sox could very well be staring him in the face today. If the rain stops, that is.