LAS VEGAS – Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the Patriots/Jets in Sin City.
* Marc-Andre Fleury has been placed on injured reserve with what’s suspected to be a possible concussion, and that means the Golden Knights are expected to start Malcolm Subban against the Bruins on Sunday night in Vegas. What a turn of events to allow a 23-year-old former Bruins first round pick to get a chance at revenge against the B’s team that placed him on waivers earlier this month, and thereby allowed him to go Vegas for nothing in return.
Subban has yet to appear for the Golden Knights as Fleury had been solid and off to a 3-1 start for the Golden Knights this season, and really this could go one of two ways for a Bruins team looking to end a three-game road trip on a two-game win streak. This could be a case of a former player enjoying a career game against their former team, and Subban rising to the occasion for the first time at the NHL level.
I’ll have to see it to believe it, however. Subban is off to one of the worst starts in NHL history based on two horrific starts (5.82 goals against average and .787 save percentage) for the Bruins at the NHL level over the last few years, and the numbers are truly gruesome. He appeared a little better in training camp this season with a maturing game and attitude to match, but the jury is still way, way out on whether Subban will ever even be an average NHL goalie.
This should be a chance for the Bruins to really jump all over the Golden Knights for a Sunday night laugher, and prove that giving up Subban for nothing wasn’t really much of a mistake at all with what appears to be a first-round bust.
* The Oilers are not playing like the Cup contender that they were supposed to be to start the season in Edmonton.
* A good piece on the Traveling Jagrs that take pilgrimages to NHL rinks in order to watch the future Hall of Famer continue to do his thing at the NHL level. The great thing about the Jagrs is that they grow by one each time he joins a new NHL team.
* Really interesting interview with Scott Oake and Bobby Ryan during the “After Hours” portion of Hockey Night in Canada featuring the Oilers and Senators.
* If you can believe this, Tyler Seguin had a Gordie Howe hat trick for the Dallas Stars this weekend. Yes, that Tyler Seguin.
* For something completely different: Saturday Night Live hit a home run with this skit that takes the hit movie “It” and puts a current events spin on it.