Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready for a whole barrage of Olympics coverage from South Korea after Friday night’s opening ceremonies.
*Great piece by colleague Kwani Lunis on BU forward Jordan Greenway breaking the color barrier as the first African-American to play for Team USA men's hockey at the Winter Olympics.
*Just when you thought you might have read every last story documenting the Vegas Golden Knights unlikely success story, here comes another one.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz has 10 observations from around the San Jose Sharks including the even-strength offense being ice cold.
*Former Maple Leafs forward Dave “Tiger” Williams is in trouble as he faces charges of sexual assault after a military trip to Latvia.
*Hal Gill is officially a “Bag Chucker” while on the road as an analyst with the Nashville Predators, which is a clear indicator of his Massachusetts roots where road beers are given their proper place on the priority list.
*The Chicago Blackhawks are going to be quiet at the trade deadline, which is a sad state for a Hawks team that appears its going to be far out of the playoffs.
*For something completely different: It’s the end of an era for L.L. Bean, who will no longer offer lifetime guarantees for their products, and will only accept returns within a year of purchase.
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 the snow globe effect is in, well, full effect.
*Okay, it’s time to start getting the mea culpa ready. I might have been wrong in thinking that Malcolm Subban simply couldn’t play in the NHL. After a 41-save win on Friday night, the former Bruins first-round pick has a .924 save percentage and is pretty clearly taking to the goalie coaching he’s receiving with the Golden Knights organization. It’s still early and things could fade for him as shooters focus on his weak spots, but Subban is beginning to look like he was better than anybody with the Bruins thought he was before losing him for nothing over the waiver wire.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen with the USA Today says that it’s not tough to imagine an NHL with 34 teams in the near future, including new expansion teams in Seattle, Quebec City and Houston.
*If you’re a Blues fan, you’ll want to check out the Full 60 podcast from The Athletic featuring Jeremy Rutherford this week as their guest.
*The sale of the Carolina Hurricanes is imminent, and that’s a good thing for both the NHL and for the Carolina community.
*Fighting is diminished in the NHL, but Minnesota Wild forward Chris Stewart isn’t afraid to drop the gloves even in this day and age. God bless him.
*For something completely different: It’s great to hear that Kevin Feige is excited about welcoming the "Fantastic Four "and the "X-Men" into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That would be awesome.