Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing you a very, merry Christmas.
*Wayne Gretzky still sees Bobby Orr’s leaping game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Final as the NHL’s greatest moment, as he should.
*Interesting piece on New England native and Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Brian Dumoulin’s lifelong interest in cooking, good food and restaurants he can hit up while on the road.
*Things are not very merry for the Ottawa Senators and their owner Eugene Melnyk as things continue to get bogged down in low attendance, vague threats and an arena situation that probably needs to be fixed before it’s going to get better for that franchise.
*For the vast majority of Vegas Golden Knights players, they asked for hockey-related gifts when it came time to make a list for Santa Claus.
*The New York Rangers will need to start considering their Ryan McDonagh options as they ponder the long range future of their franchise.
*Pro Hockey Talk asks the million dollar question: Are the Edmonton Oilers finally beginning to come around in the Western Conference.
*Alex Burmistrov is apparently retiring, according to his agent. I’ll remember him best for throwing a cheap shot at Patrice Bergeron at the beginning of last season, and as a player you could always count on to quickly turn his back on an opponent when a hit was coming close to the boards. Not a player many are going to miss if he’s truly done.
*For something completely different: Yup, that’s right…Glen Campbell and Cher actually did a Jingle Bells duet at one point.
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.