Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while mulling over my NHL Awards ballot.
*One would expect there’s going to be a pretty good war of words between Nazem Kadri and Brad Marchand in the upcoming Bruins/Leafs series, and it will get nastier and grittier as the series moves along.
*Max Pacioretty said he’s “fallen in love with” Montreal as another Habs season ends without the playoffs. He may want to get ready for a painful break-up, just in case. It feels like some real changes need to be coming to that organization.
*Part of the Cinderella story of the Vegas Golden Knights being in the playoffs is the charms of Las Vegas being part of the storyline. Today we bring you: A Marc-Andre Fleury likeness made entirely out of chocolate courtesy of one of the casinos in Vegas.
*Former UMass-Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck is not feeling any pressure as the guy at the back end of a loaded Winnipeg team ready for the playoffs.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz does a deep dive on comparing versions of Pete DeBoer’s Sharks teams, and what makes this season different.
*Damien Cox says that team-building in the NHL is being lost in the midst of overnight contenders for the Stanley Cup. Unless I’m mistaken the teams in last year’s Cup Final, Penguins and Predators, were long-term builds with some obvious tweaks both big and small that put them over the top. But I don’t see any real legit Cup contenders that are overnight successes, unless you are talking about the Vegas franchise. But I don’t think they’re a legit contender, so there’s that as well.
*A couple of first-class moves by the Boston Bruins Foundation to support the family and friends of the Humboldt Broncos, who are healing and will be in need of help for a long while after last week’s horrific bus accident.
*For something completely different: Damian Lewis is going to play late, ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford? Yeah, I just don’t see it.
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