Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while diligently avoiding Rogue One spoilers until I can go see the movie.
*It’s a rough ending in Columbus, and potentially a sour ending to his NHL career, for Gregory Campbell, who was put on unconditional waivers on his 33rd birthday before having his contract terminated. I’m guessing that wasn’t just a coincidence by the Blue Jackets organization after Campbell was resistant to reporting to the minors. It’s a damned shame this is the way it’s ending for a selfless, courageous player that was a true pro during his time with the Bruins, and sacrificed everything he had on the ice for the betterment of the Black and Gold. I won’t pretend to know the circumstances of what went down in Columbus, but it feels like something went very wrong between a solid, respected pro and the Blue Jackets organization.
*A Christmas video essay on hockey during this Yuletide season seems like the perfect way to spend a few moments this week.
*Some questions with Hockey reporter Christine Simpson including subjects like “Slap Shot” and Don Cherry.
*Damien Cox weighs in on Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola being nominated as the Secretary of the Army in Trump’s cabinet. I only hope this leads to Jaromir Jagr being nominated to Secretary of the Mullet Department.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has the details on Dale Weise getting the old healthy scratch treatment in Philly.
*According to the latest in hockey rumors, James van Riemsdyk is drawing some interest from around the league with the Maple Leafs looking for D-man help.
*For something completely different: So could there be a Freaks and Geeks revival given the still-popular draw of the show and its cast? Hmmm…I’d love to see it.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while preparing for some late night Bruins hockey this week.
*So now Colin Miller is a top pairing D-man for the Vegas Golden Knights, and it sure looks like he’s effective at least from a fancy stats perspective. This was always the danger in making a talented young D-man like Miller available in the expansion draft, and instead protecting a limited stay-at-home guy like Kevan Miller. Is it okay to second guess the Bruins on this one? I definitely think so, but the Bruins also knew that McAvoy was going to be their top guy and that Brandon Carlo was going to be their top-4 shutdown guy with Miller as the perfect bottom pairing D-man. Could you have traded Carlo, kept Miller and then simply found a stay-at-home guy for the left side kind of line John Moore is now after signing him for five years? Sure they could have. That’s where the regret and the lament come into play after watching him blossom into a very effective player in Vegas.
*Elias Pettersson is the latest example of the NHL’s failure to protect their star players from concussion-type injuries.
*Lars Eller is kind of turning into a bit of a punk. He was the guy that celebrated in front of the Bruins bench on opening night causing a reaction from Brad Marchand, and now he’s talking smack about Toronto’s top players.
*The Rangers are at least in the “win” column now, but it still looks like they are a long way away from anything but a rebuild.
*It’s just a matter of time for Sidney Crosby to get going offensively after a slow start with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
*For something completely different: Could the Avengers 4 trailer be coming soon? I certainly hope so. I also still hope it’s called Avengers 4: End Game.
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