Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while we continue to inch closer to Infinity War coming out. Can’t wait.
*A tiny oral history of the Game 7 from the first round of the 2013 playoff series between the Bruins and Leafs shows a Toronto team still hurting over it, and a current Bruins group that doesn’t want to talk about it. What a moment in Bruins playoff history, though.
*It continues to be really ugly in Ottawa as ownership is warring with the fans, the media and everybody else while trying to rebuild after a dreadfully discouraging season. At some point, you need to wonder if it’s time for new ownership there.
*Speaking of owners, it sounds like the honeymoon is over for the new ownership of the Carolina Hurricanes.
*Jack Edwards ruffling feathers up in Canada after going ballistic when Andreas Johnsson went down with an injury in the third period and negated a potentially important B’s rush into the offensive zone.
*Kevin Hayes sits down for a 1-on-1 with the Athletic where he talks about the Rangers getting back to Cup contention next season.
*Nathan MacKinnon is really breaking out with the Colorado Avalanche in these playoffs and showing that world class speed he has to attack.
*For something completely different: Aaron Rodgers apparently wants a say on personnel decisions with the Green Bay Packers. Of course, he does.
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.