Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading. while getting interested in Black Mirror on Netflix...It’s a pretty solid anthology show with a Twilight Zone feel to it.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Pierre McGuire jumped on with TSN Radio in Ottawa and said he thinks Brad Marchand is going to get dinged by the league for his elbow on Marcus Johansson.
*Congrats to B’s prospect and Harvard hockey star Ryan Donato, who is absolutely tearing it up for the Crimson right now. Donato is going to be very fun to watch once he gets overseas for Team USA at the Olympics.
*Patrick Maroon is in his walk year, but wants to stay with the Edmonton Oilers. I’m not sure that’s going to be possible given their salary cap situation and given the way things are going for that team this season.
*There’s something odd going on with Brandon Dubinsky, who was sent home from their current road trip by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
*An interesting look forward at what the Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel rivalry might look like 10 years down the line.
*There’s nothing better than NHL nicknames, right Jay and Dan?
*For something completely different: Have we really reached the point where we need Glow-In-The-Dark donuts?
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.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like the taxpayers of Massachusetts saved some money today, and that’s about it.
-- Pierre McGuire gives his thoughts about the Boston-Ottawa series and what the Senators should expect in Game 4. He also believes the Bruins “got the short end of the stick” in the officiating at the end of Game 3.
-- Interesting front page from the Washington Post, where it’s clear that there is panic in the streets for the Capitals in their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
-- Kevin Bieksa is playoff tough for the Anaheim Ducks, just as he’s been throughout his career as a very hard-nosed D-man.
-- Jake Allen is giving a sense of calm to the St. Louis Blues in ways he couldn’t in the opening few months of the season.
--- USA Today said that the Chicago Blackhawks are paying the price for their “win-it-now” mentality. I might agree a bit, but this is still a much better hockey club than they’ve shown so far.
-- According to a report, Jack Eichel won’t be signing an extension with the Buffalo Sabres as long as Dan Bylsma is the head coach. Interesting that Eichel is pulling this stuff so early in his career, though it should be noted Eichel’s agent said all of this was a “fabrication.”
-- For something completely different: This Star Wars-themed hotel and experience being planned at Disney is something else for giant Star Wars nerds like me.