Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while ex-Bruins Colin Miller, Reilly Smith and Brett Connolly all scored goals in a wild Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. It certainly wasn’t a banner evening for Bruins GM Don Sweeney watching three players score that he pretty much discarded through expansion draft, trade or out-and-out release. Should the Bruins have protected Colin Miller instead of Kevan Miller in the expansion draft while rolling the dice that Vegas wouldn’t have taken him? Maybe. Were the Bruins right to flip Smith away after he showed some very soft tendencies in his time in Boston? I still think so, even if Jimmy Hayes wasn’t a good idea coming back in return. Is it still a head-scratcher that the Bruins basically punted on Connolly after giving up two second-round picks for him? It is even if he didn’t do anything in his time in Boston. Connolly, who was a first-round pick of the Lightning, still had value and he’s done a good job of salvaging his career with the Washington Capitals. So, while it wasn’t a great night for the Bruins watching a number of former players living it up in the Stanley Cup Final, it’s also hard to blame them for most of it.
*Speaking of Game 1, here’s a rundown of the Golden Knights taking Game 1 with a big-time performance from their fourth line.
*Speaking of Vegas, it’s a real showcase for the NHL’s newest spot when they can bring Michael Buffer into the fold as a pregame introduction-maker.
*Speaking of Vegas again, it looks like the successful season for the Golden Knights is going to play into the salary cap going even higher next season.
*Things continue to get ugly in Ottawa as Daniel Alfredsson had some “off the record” comments about their current owner come to light in public.
*The art of the interview is a key part of the entire process with the NHL scouting combine set to happen this week in Buffalo.
*For something completely different: So what really happened with the director change for "Star Wars Episode IX"?