Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while getting ready for Saturday’s #ClearTheShelters Day involving personalities and employees across the NBC Universal family here in New England, and most importantly the dogs and other animals that are looking for good, loving homes across the region. If you have room in your heart for a stray or rescue dog, this weekend is a great time to make it happen.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer Mike Halford has a number of teams involved in the negotiations for Hobey Baker winner and suddenly free agent D-man Will Butcher, but the Bruins aren’t among them. Geez, didn’t somebody say the B’s should take a pass on this player? I wonder who that was. BTW, congrats to Halford and Jason Brough as they leave NBC and Pro Hockey Talk for other opportunities after a great run there.
*Can the Maple Leafs kids avoid the sophomore slump this season after so many of them were brilliant last season in their first NHL go-round?
*Marc Spector says that the Leon Draisaitl negotiations will eventually end with the player coming to an agreement with the Oilers on a new contract.
*Good buddy Nick Cotsonika has got the fun gig of traveling with a Golden Knights goodwill tour bus that’s traveling all over the areas around, and outside of, Nevada.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Steve Buckley is wondering why the Bruins struggle in handling their best young players. It’s a legitimate question given their past with Seguin, Hamilton and Kessel, but let’s see what happens with David Pastrnak before totally crushing them. They know what they have, they value what they have and they’re not going to trade him.
Interesting piece from Justin Bourne about how his views have changed after two seasons as an assistant coach in the Maple Leafs organization.
*For something completely different: My dear Gare Bear advocates for the Celtics to trade Jayson Tatum for Kyrie Irving. Don’t you do it, Danny!