Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while hoping the people in St. Louis get some good hockey weather today.
*Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has been behind the bench in an outdoor hockey games before, but it was at a prison rather than at a Winter Classic venue.
*The Centennial Classic slipped through the fingers of the Red Wings, much as their season appears to be slipping through their gloved hands as well.
*The Colorado Avalanche are getting phone calls from other teams about their players as the Avs are already far out of a playoff spot just a few days into January. As mentioned before, Gabriel Landeskog would be an intriguing power forward winger-type possibility for the Bruins if he’s dealt away from Colorado, but one would image Joe Sakic and the Avalanche would ask about local Colorado Springs product Brandon Carlo going back to the Avalanche as part of a package for Landeskog. I’d be more tempted to think about this than when Carlo was mentioned in Jacob Trouba trade rumors, but I still wouldn’t trade a 20-year-old D-man that’s already playing top pair minutes in the first year of his entry level deal. You just don’t trade those guys.
*Jack Eichel is tired of the poor play in Buffalo, and he wants to see some improvement to a team that’s watching their season go down the drain if they don’t do something about it.
*PHT writer Adam Gretz has Auston Matthews enjoying the kind of rookie season for the ages that we all expected him to have after he was selected No. 1 overall.
*For something completely different: Mariah Carey had a trainwreck of a New Year’s Eve performance on live TV, and now says she was “sabotaged.” Okay then.