Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while ready for some playoff football this week.
*Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant is the favorite for the Jack Adams Award, and rightfully so given the success for an expansion team. But don’t sleep on the candidacy for Bruce Cassidy, who guided the Bruins through two months of brutal injuries and made some big decisions along the way to get Boston into a prime playoff position in the New Year. Cassidy certainly deserves more votes than he’s getting on the NHL.com Awards tracker right now.
*Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is a firm believer that the Montreal Canadiens can turn their season around, and they’ll get that chance if they can dominate with three games against the Bruins this month.
*Another huge success for the Hershey Bears Star Wars night as their Hoth-inspired jerseys raised almost $50,000.
*Down Goes Brown brings their grab bag out for trolling goalies, All-Star voting and circus pants for the Great One.
*Pro Hockey Talk says that the Edmonton Oilers missing the playoffs would be a spectacular failure, and it’s tough to argue that point.
*Speaking of the Oilers, Peter Chiarelli tells FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector that he has no intentions of firing head coach Todd McLellan.
*For something completely different: There continues to be rumblings that Ewan McGregor may be back for an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone Star Wars movie. That would be awesome.