Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while lamenting the loss of the perfect season for the Patriots.
*After both the GM and coach got contract extensions following a disappointing season, it’s time for the Winnipeg Jets management group to get going and produce.
*Shayne Gostisbehere is making arrangements for his family in Florida ahead of the Hurricane that’s about to smack the Sunshine State.
*Pierre McGuire jumped on with Montreal sports radio and opined that Alex Galchenyuk should be a center for the Canadiens this upcoming season.
*Bo Horvat has signed a six-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks for $5.5 million per season just ahead of training camp. Some may want to draw a parallel to David Pastrnak’s negotiations, but 20 goals and 50 points aren't even close to the same as 34 goals and 70 points. That’s why $6 million a season isn’t going to get it done for the B’s 21-year-old game-breaking right wing.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the details of defenseman Cody Franson signing a PTO with the Chicago Blackhawks and showing exactly how tough the landscape is for veteran NHL players looking for jobs around the league.
*Interesting times as more and more hockey writers are joining up with The Athletic, including Eric Duhatschek leaving the Globe and Mail for the online sports destination.
*Dylan Strome is facing a key training camp with the Arizona Coyotes as he attempts to finally justify his first round draft status in his third try with the Desert Dogs.
*Jack Eichel is sure he’s going to remain with the Buffalo Sabres in the long term, and that means an eight year deal for a massive amount of money. There’s no guarantee it’s going to happen in this preseason, but it’s going to get done at some point between the Sabres and their franchise player.
*For something completely different: It must be intimidating for Steven King fans to get the gig writing a screenplay for a classic like “It”, but it also sounds like he nailed it if Rotten Tomatoes reviews are to be believed.
BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins may have dinged up the brand new sports car that they just zoomed out of the show room.
Standout rookie winger Jakub Lauko had a collision with Noel Acciari during drills in the second session of Thursday’s camp practice at Warrior Ice Arena, and got “banged up” according to Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco. The 18-year-old didn’t return to the practice session on Thursday and is currently being evaluated by the Bruins medical staff in a set of events that doesn’t look all too encouraging.
“He got banged up in one of the drills in the second half there, so he’s being evaluated as we speak now and we’ll know more later,” said Sacco.
It could be a “Welcome to the NHL” moment for Lauko colliding with the rock-solid Acciari as a friendly fire incident in practice, and the hope is obviously that it doesn’t hinder the momentum that the third round pick has already built in training camp. Lauko has two goals in two games and has shown blazing skating speed, an ability to finish around the net, tenacity and a bit of an edge to his game that has him playing much older than his teenage years would initially indicate.
With the rest of Boston’s China contingent coming back to camp at the end of this week, the rest of camp would have been a great chance to show if Lauko is nearing NHL readiness or if he’s merely a young guy flashing his skill at the start of the preseason.
In other injury news, Torey Krug and Acciari returned to taking contact at training camp and remain on schedule to get into some preseason games toward the end of camp. Anders Bjork is still being held out of contact in camp practices, and both Sean Kuraly (lower body) and Ryan Fitzgerald (lower body) are missing from practice after suffering injuries in preseason games. Patrice Bergeron (back spasms/groin surgery) has yet to make an appearance in training camp this date, but still has a couple of weeks to get ready for the season.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the China trip is finally over for the Bruins.
--Something feels right again in the NHL when somebody named Domi is sucker-punching another NHL player. Though I would agree with Nick Kypreos here that what Domi did isn’t really a sucker punch because Aaron Ekblad saw it coming, he just chose not to defend himself. I wouldn’t slap Domi with supplemental discipline with this, and I actually kind of like seeing the Canadiens playing with a little piss and vinegar in their game. It should make the Bruins/Canadiens games somewhere in the entertaining category again this season, which they haven’t been in the past couple of seasons.
--So the Islanders are pinning this season’s team identity on a fourth line led by Cal Clutterbuck? Yeah, they’re pretty screwed.
--Good piece by Dave Stubbs on a bittersweet moment every so often when legendary names leave the Stanley Cup forever.
--Good Q&A with reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall about what lies ahead with the New Jersey Devils and for him as a player.
--The San Jose Sharks aren’t expecting Erik Karlsson to need to make too many adjustments to become an impact player in the Western Conference. I would say it may be others adjusting to having such a unique talent on their roster, but he could do a lot of damage with the talent already on that team.
--For something completely different: Boy, the drama just never ends for the New England Patriots does it?