Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while mourning the loss of Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher. She is gone way too soon at 60 years old.
*Five questions with new Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee as he begins to piece together an expansion club.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer Mike Halford is apparently joining the ballet and performing in the Nutcracker this week.
*Ryan O’Reilly underwent an appendectomy on Christmas Day, and is out for an indefinite period of time for the Sabres.
*Will Artemi Panarin be the next salary cap casualty for the Chicago Blackhawks as they continue to cycle through talented young players.
*The Toronto media is predicting that Nazem Kadri is going to net noticed in the Selke Trophy voting for his strong shutdown work.
*Tyler Toffoli is injured for the Los Angeles Kings, and there’s no immediate timetable for his return to the lineup.
*Steve Simmons ranks the top-100 hockey players of all time and he does the right thing with No. 4, Bobby Orr, at the top of the list.
*Sean Farrell has a round-up from the first day of World Juniors including Clayton Keller scoring a pair of goals for Team USA. Keller is something special for Boston University and Team USA, and will likely be in the NHL next season after lighting it up for the Terriers with his skill and playmaking.
*For something completely different: as referenced above, Carrie Fisher has passed away at 60 years old just as her Princess Leia character was entering a new phase with the Star Wars movies.