Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while grinding through the NHL bye week. Here are my picks for the Atlantic Division team getting sent to the NHL All-Star Game, where a deserving player or three are going to be hosed by virtue of the small rosters for each division, and because each team needs to be represented. Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak miss out on deserving All-Star bids and Andrei Vasilevskiy gets royally snubbed because you can’t stock half the team with Tampa Bay Lightning players. But clearly, the Bruins deserve to have two spots given how well they've played in the first half of the season:
F Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
F Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
F Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
F Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
D Mike Green Detroit Red Wings
D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
G Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Biggest snubs: Patrice Bergeron, Andrei Vasilevskiy, David Pastrnak, Frederik Andersen.
*With All-Star rosters due out later today, here’s the Pro Hockey Talk staff taking their stab at what those rosters will look like.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with the Big Jab up in Maine this morning talking Bruins hockey during their bye week.
*Interesting piece on the new Carolina Hurricanes owner where it sounds like there might be an embracing of the Hartford Whalers past, including possible NHL preseason games back in Hartford. Wouldn’t that be cool?
*This Winnipeg/San Jose flap is causing some ripples around the NHL and rightfully so given what a punch line that Winnipeg is much of the time in NHL circles. I like the Peg, and for my money, Edmonton is colder consistently than Winnipeg.
*The Chicago Blackhawks are in last place in the Central Division halfway through the NHL season. It sure feels like a shakeup is needed after Brent Seabrook was scratched on Tuesday night.
*For something completely different: Proving the Patriots are truly in their kitchen, the Pittsburgh Steelers are already guaranteeing playoff victories over them while not even playing them this week.
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