Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while Chris Kelly is Captain Canada.
*It really has hit rock bottom for the Canadiens as the Montreal bars are struggling to draw paying crowds amid a lost season for the Habs. Sacre Bleu!
*Interesting piece on the IIHF beginning to sanction athletes for not properly accepting their medals in tournament play, whether it’s simply taking it off as a Team Canada member did this week or tossing it in the stands as one of the Swedes did after losing to Canada in the World Junior tournament a few months back.
*Peter Chiarelli finds himself answering a lot of questions after things went truly sour for the Oilers this season, and they look to be sellers rather than buyers at the trade deadline.
*This piece links Brian Gionta to the Bruins as a possibility as he comes back from his stint with Team USA in the Olympics. Frankly, I don’t see it.
*The Erik Karlsson saga has hit a fever pitch as teams are expressing their interest for the Ottawa defenseman, and trying to put their best foot forward for a multiple Norris Trophy winner/franchise D-man that doesn’t come available too often.
*Here’s a master class from Team Germany trolling the Canadians after their history Olympic victory on Friday.
*They’re asking whether the NHL has taken the bite out of Radko Gudas’ game after all of the suspensions. Shouldn’t we just be celebrating that this is what’s happened to be a hatchet man that’s just out there trying to hurt people. I say “good.”
*For something completely different: Maybe it’s just me, but it might be a tad too early to be talking about whether or not Alex Cora is a good fit as Red Sox manager. It’s tough to gauge during the “Everything is Awesome” spring training portion of the gig.