Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while dealing with the oppressive heat in the Warrior Ice Arena press box.
*Interesting piece from Justin Bourne about Radko Gudas and the reasons why he wasn’t disciplined for a Randy “Macho Man” Savage flying elbow from the top turnbuckle. I happen to believe nothing happens by circumstance or accident when it comes to guys like Gudas and borderline actions on the ice, but maybe that’s just me.
*Jaromir Jagr is back home in the Czech Republic after leaving the NHL but indicates that he’s not done by a long shot.
*Interesting piece on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and how they may wait until their prospects are “overripe” for call-ups to the NHL. That’s a luxury for a team that’s in the playoff mix, but the issue is that some organizations simply can’t afford the time, patience or depth required to let prospects follow a deliberate, formative development path.
*The so-called “spare parts” are doing a great job for the Vegas Golden Knights, and have already set an NHL record for the most wins in the first year of an NHL expansion team.
*SiriusXM/NHL analyst Patrick O’Sullivan took aim at the goaltending interference non-calls that took place in the NHL on Thursday night, and wonders if that’s going to be the measure of the law going forward.
*For something completely different: It certainly sounds like the “Black Panther” movie is going to be something special for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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.