Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while hoping everybody had a safe, happy Fourth of July.
*Cool Q&A with former Bruins forward Marco Sturm, who had some pretty great moments in Black and Gold whether it was Game 6 against the Habs in 2008 or netting the game-winner in the Winter Classic at Fenway Park. Now he’s attempting to parlay the wonderful job he did with the German Olympic team into a potential coaching gig at the NHL level.
*Pro Hockey Talk says that no prospect should hold up an Erik Karlsson trade and then points to Sidney Crosby as a comparable talent. Clearly Eriksson is a special talent with the two Norris Trophies, and two other top-3 finishes during his career. But if he were the generational star he’s supposed to be would his Ottawa team have missed the playoffs altogether in four of his NHL seasons, and only advanced past the first round in two of their five playoff appearances? I like Karlsson enough to have voted for him as a Norris Trophy winner before and I think he’s become a much better all-around D-man in the last few seasons after a lot of early hype. But I wouldn’t begrudge any GM that’s wary of giving up top prospects and then giving up top dollars for a player with foot issues that’s fast approaching 30 years old. There are a lot more red flags to this whole situation than the Erik Karlsson Admiration Society would readily admit.
*Sometimes twitter shows us splashes of genius combined with splashes of people with way, way too much time on their hands.
*The 31 Thoughts podcast with FOH’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek has some inside info with Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas about the whole John Tavares situation.
*The brief oral history of a night when an emergency goaltender became the toast of the town with the Chicago Blackhawks.
*For something completely different: I credit Michael Hurley with this story, which is either a desperate cry for page views or a desperate cry for help. Either way it’s everything I always didn’t know I wanted to know about the Red Sox Fourth of July outfits worn this week.