Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while NHL hockey is officially back “on!”
*It was a brush with a cruel hockey fate for one European player as he was nearly run down by a Zamboni while doing a live interview on ice. You’ve always got to have your head on a swivel there.
*Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is making an effort to join the conversation in changing awareness of mental health. Good for him.
*Interesting piece on St. Louis Blues goaltender and former UMass Lowell goalie Carter Hutton getting into the winery business.
*The owner of the Ottawa Senators has hired a PR firm to try and mend some fences with his fans after some really regrettable recent statements about possibly moving the team amid tough attendance issues.
*Larry Brooks writes that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Rangers could make the playoffs. Just a couple of days ago Brooks wrote that there’s going to be a fire sale for Rangers players. So, umm, which is it?
*For something completely different: While the big hype this week is going to be on how good the Black Panthers is going to be, the trailer for “Ant Man and the Wasp” is also very strong as well. Love that they’re using the Adam and the Ants music for it. That’s a nice touch.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while not at all minding a Tampa/Vegas Stanley Cup Final, though I think Winnipeg still has a few cards up their sleeve to play.
*Boston University head hockey coach Dave Quinn will be the latest to jump from the college ranks to the NHL ranks as he’s headed to New York as the Rangers head coach. A tough call for Quinn, who could have stayed at BU as a lifetime gig, but the presence of people like Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury and the high-profile nature of the Rangers gig certainly must have made it too difficult to pass up.
*Marian Hossa is sadly calling it a hockey career after a skin condition sidelined him a couple of years ago, and will be joining the Chicago Blackhawks organization.
*Interesting Q&A with Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee about the Stanley Cup dreams in Vegas, and what it’s been like to watch the organization grow this season.
*A brand new coach’s corner with Don Cherry talking about the importance of goaltending at this time of year with both Marc-Andre Fleury and Andrei Vasilevskiy standing out right now.
*Ryan Callahan has inspired the Tampa Bay Lightning with his courageous play this season, and has certainly been a difference-maker on the fourth line for the Bolts.
*Wondering what’s going on with the Philadelphia Flyers? Here’s a mailbag to keep you up to date with it all.
Boston University hockey coach David Quinn has agreed to a five-year, $12 million contract to become the New York Rangers coach, according to an ESPN report.
Quinn, 51, replaced college hockey legend Jack Parker at BU in 2013 and was 105-67-21 with the Terriers, reaching three NCAA regional finals with a runner-up finish for the national championship in 2015. Parker won 897 games in 40 years at BU, the third-most all-time and most for a coach at a single school.
Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury and veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played at BU. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Bob McKenzie of TSN had each tweeted that Quinn was the leading candidate to replace Alain Vigneault as Rangers coach. Vigneault was fired the day after the regular season ended. New York finished 34-39-9 and last in the Metropolitan Division.
The Rangers traded away veterans, including winger Rick Nash to the Bruins, at the trade deadline as they fell out of the playoff race and will likely try to rebuild with younger players under Quinn.