Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while amazed at what has united Lebron James and Steph Curry in this wacky country of ours.
*Sean Avery has some brutal things to say about John Tortorella in his new “screaming for attention” book, but then again Avery is one of the biggest low-talent dirtbags that the NHL has ever seen. So you probably need to consider the source.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) John Shannon has a few thoughts on where the NHL needs to go in their relationship with China now that they’ve played preseason games there.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details as Steven Stamkos stood out in his preseason debut and the first game back from last season’s injury.
*The NHL has yet to determine whether or not Marian Hossa is eligible for LTIR with a skin issue that is expected to be career-ending.
*PK Subban talks about his rule of thumb while staying away from controversy with an active social media account.
*Mark your calendars for the annual Comics Come Home event on Nov. 18 to raise money for the Cam Neely Foundation. Here Neely talks with SI about his friendships with a number of local comics, and how the comedy event became a tradition in Boston.
*For something completely different: Today marks the 40th anniversary of David Bowie’s classic “Heroes”, so it feels like a good time to get the story behind it.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while captain’s practices are getting underway around the NHL. It feels like it should be about that time for the Bruins too, doesn’t it?
*Here’s a video of Steven Stamkos doing some edge work while getting ready for training camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning and leaving some of the injury issues behind him.
*Former Boston University standout Clayton Keller is poised and ready for a full season with the Arizona Coyotes after getting a taste at the end of last season.
*According to reports out of Washington, Alex Ovechkin is looking leaner and lighter as the Caps superstar looks to finally vanquish some of the playoff demons that have haunted him during his career. Interesting that Jonathan Toews is getting a little lighter in Chicago as well as it appears more and more players are realizing that the pace is getting picked up across the NHL.
*Old friend Matt Bartkowski has found a home with the Calgary Flames after putting together a pretty decent season with the Vancouver Canucks last year.
*Another veteran player has signed a PTO heading into camp as Tanner Glass will attend Flames camp on a tryout agreement.
*Canucks former first-rounder Brock Boeser is going to get every chance to put the puck in the net for Vancouver this season.
*For something completely different: Evangeline Lilly set fire to the comic book movie geek world on Monday when she tweeted out a picture of herself in the Wasp uniform for the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp movie.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while halfway through Iron Fist and so far unimpressed by it all. Perhaps most unimpressed by the actor playing Iron Fist’s total inability to be convincing in fight scenes.
*Bob McKenzie tackles the Hart Trophy worthiness of Brad Marchand on his “Bobcast” and comes away believing he’s a legit contender.
*Steve Stamkos has rejoined practice with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but his return to the lineup isn’t imminent.
*Claude Julien has “evolved” in the time since his last stint coaching the Montreal Canadiens, but much also remains the same.
*Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger has stayed active in the Department of Player Safety, but is looking to someday become an NHL general manager.
*The Ottawa Senators owner confirms that Erik Karlsson won’t be going to the Olympics next season if the rest of the NHL stays in North America.
*Zdeno Chara turns 40 years old today and Jaromir Jagr remains the only active player in the NHL older than me. Damn.
*For something completely different: Rob Gronkowski is being given top billing in a bad, bad movie that he’s barely in.