Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing I could hang out with the Ryan Brothers down in Nashville.
*Is Phil Kessel feeling frustrated with the Pittsburgh Penguins? Do we breathe air? Is water wet? These all seem to be fairly obvious questions.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s a look at Felger and yours truly discussing the Bruins potentially trading the No. 18 pick in the first round. In what’s almost universally agreed upon as a weak 2017 NHL Draft class and with a number of potentially good veteran D-men available on the trade market, this would be a time when moving a first rounder would make sense for a Black and Gold team that covets their draft picks and development system. But feat not: Don Sweeney isn’t going to simply throw a first round pick into any deal, and a first rounder in this draft might not hold the kind of cachet that it usually does most seasons.
*Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are the NHL’s ultimate power couple bringing celebrity and hockey to the table together.
*Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee has the attention of every NHL team, including the Buffalo Sabres, as he looks to wheel and deal ahead of the expansion draft.
*Evgeni Malkin was a bit overheated at the end of a disappointing Game 3 in Nashville as raving Predators fans were throwing towels at the Pens players as they came off the ice.
*Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan is exactly the kind of bench boss that can help the Pens pull out of their one-game tailspin.
*We only get four or five minutes of Don Cherry during Coach’s Corner during every Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. So it’s a special treat when we get a whopping 9 1/2 minutes of Grapes during an NHL Network broadcast.
*For something completely different: A good piece here on the 15th anniversary of Season 4 of the Wire that focused on kids in the Baltimore school system.