Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while the story behind Malcolm Butler’s benching for the Super Bowl still feels incomplete.
*The Bruins pull into Detroit to play a Red Wings team that’s in some serious turmoil, and stuck between development and trying to get back into the playoff mix. They certainly aren’t there right now.
*Good piece by Patrik Laine sticking up for the Winnipeg that he knows as a member of the Jets organization, and why it shouldn’t be the butt of other player’s jokes around the NHL.
*Family time is precious for Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller, who doesn’t get enough of it these days on the traveling NHL road show.
*The Buffalo Sabres continue to lose and struggle in an unending cycle of losing and struggling that’s beginning to really do some damage to a fan base that’s been pretty patient.
*Kyle Turris is taking the high road in his return to Ottawa, where his departure seems to be one of the things that really took apart a team in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
*The future remains in question for Tomas Plekanec, who looks like he might be traded by the Montreal Canadiens ahead of the trade deadline.
*There is some serious stuff going on with the Carolina Hurricanes after coach Bill Peters challenged his team following a lifeless loss to the San Jose Sharks. The Canes were one of the trendy picks to make the playoffs this season, but it sure doesn’t look like that is going to happen.
*For something completely different: John Mahoney was one of my favorite character actors and loved seeing him pop up in something I was watching. His best was probably as the dad in “Say Anything”, which is something Cameron Crowe has fond memories of all these years later.