Morning Skate: When a Domi sucker punch isn't really a sucker punch at all


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the China trip is finally over for the Bruins.

--Something feels right again in the NHL when somebody named Domi is sucker-punching another NHL player. Though I would agree with Nick Kypreos here that what Domi did isn’t really a sucker punch because Aaron Ekblad saw it coming, he just chose not to defend himself. I wouldn’t slap Domi with supplemental discipline with this, and I actually kind of like seeing the Canadiens playing with a little piss and vinegar in their game. It should make the Bruins/Canadiens games somewhere in the entertaining category again this season, which they haven’t been in the past couple of seasons.  

--So the Islanders are pinning this season’s team identity on a fourth line led by Cal Clutterbuck? Yeah, they’re pretty screwed.

--Good piece by Dave Stubbs on a bittersweet moment every so often when legendary names leave the Stanley Cup forever.

--Good Q&A with reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall about what lies ahead with the New Jersey Devils and for him as a player.

--The San Jose Sharks aren’t expecting Erik Karlsson to need to make too many adjustments to become an impact player in the Western Conference. I would say it may be others adjusting to having such a unique talent on their roster, but he could do a lot of damage with the talent already on that team.


--For something completely different: Boy, the drama just never ends for the New England Patriots does it?