Former Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin, a Bruins trade target who they once tried to trade up to get in the 2015 draft, has been traded from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Calgary Flames in a deal that includes former B's defenseman Dougie Hamilton going to Carolina.
The 'Canes sent center Eric Lindholm and Hanifin, both restricted free agents who rejected Carolina's most recent contract offers, to Calgary for Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and prospect defenseman Adam Fox, who was a third-round pick in 2016 now playing at Harvard,
The Bruins have a longstanding interest in Hanifin that goes back to their efforts to trade up for him in when he was the fifth overall pick three years ago. The Canes likely sought Bruins left winger Jake DeBrusk in the hefty package they were seeking for Hanifin.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while the end of the winter sporting season is well within reach. I’m also really hoping that LeBron James brings into style those suits with the short pants.
*The Calgary Flames believe that they have found a new power-play specialist in newly hired assistant coach Geoff Ward, who is a great guy and a very good hockey coach, and we all remember him well in his time with the Bruins. He was the power-play coach on the 2011 Cup team that went 10-for-98 in the playoffs for what was unquestionably the worst PP ever for a Cup winner, and the Bruins had some real issues with the man-advantage at times in Ward’s tenure. So believing that Ward is a power play whisperer might be a little too much expectation for a very solid assistant coach.
*Five questions for expected No. 1 overall pick, defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, as he gets ready to star at both the NHL scouting combine and draft weekend in Dallas.
*Former Caps goaltender Olie Kolzig talks about what made Braden Holtby’s Game 2 save so spectacularly special.
*The NHL’s stance on concussions, and their impact on players, is beginning to wear thin with many media outlets including the Globe and Mail in this editorial.
*The news that Ryan Callahan is expected to miss five months with shoulder surgery makes his gutsy play during the Stanley Cup playoffs even more impressive.
*Speaking of the suit shorts that James sported before and after Game 1 of the NBA Finals, here’s a fun Aaron Ward story about the time as a rookie he also had to wear “suit shorts.”
*For something completely different: Chris Pratt has finally defended the actions of his Star Lord character in "Infinity War". If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while hardly believing there’s basically a week plus left in the NHL regular season.
*You know when Carrie Underwood is livid about goalie interference in the NHL that something really has to change about it. Right, NHL?
*Rookie Kyle Connor got to 30 goals for the Winnipeg Jets, and yes, in case you were wondering, that was one of the several golden prospects that the Bruins passed by in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft when they took Jakub Zboril and Zach Senyshyn.
*Eric Francis checks in with an appropriate rip job on a Calgary Flames team that has really underwhelmed this season despite all their young talent.
*Henrik Zetterberg is not looking at a retirement story quite yet for the Detroit Red Wings as they begin building things back up.
*The Sedins get golden handshakes from the Golden Knights after a game between Vancouver and Vegas as the Canucks play out the string in the final season for the twin forwards.
*I have no idea what’s going on here, but it’s something about Jamie Benn and tattoos, I guess.
*For something completely different: NBC10Boston is remembering Dr. Martin Luther King 50 years after his tragic assassination.