Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying watching the Washington Capitals tear it up in the nation’s capital with the Stanley Cup.
*Great job by NBC Sports with this moving piece on the story of this year’s Stoneham High Hockey team that rallied for a special season after the tragic early season passing of one of their teammates in James Luti.
*Who else but Jaromir Jagr showed up in Las Vegas for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to pay credit to the job done by Alex Ovechkin winning the thing for the first time in his NHL career.
*A cool thank you letter and congratulations from the Nashville Predators management folks after watching former longtime Nashville coach Barry Trotz hoist the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Harrington does not want the Buffalo Sabres to trade Ryan O’Reilly without using extreme caution.
*A fun timeline of the Vegas Golden Knights from fledgling NHL expansion team all the way to Stanley Cup finalist.
*Speaking of the Vegas Golden Knights, Marc-Andre Fleury said he’d like to finish his career in Vegas after the loss in the Final.
*For something completely different: A new TV spot for “Ant-Man and the Wasp” focuses on their powers headed into the sequel.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while dealing with the oppressive heat in the Warrior Ice Arena press box.
*Interesting piece from Justin Bourne about Radko Gudas and the reasons why he wasn’t disciplined for a Randy “Macho Man” Savage flying elbow from the top turnbuckle. I happen to believe nothing happens by circumstance or accident when it comes to guys like Gudas and borderline actions on the ice, but maybe that’s just me.
*Jaromir Jagr is back home in the Czech Republic after leaving the NHL but indicates that he’s not done by a long shot.
*Interesting piece on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and how they may wait until their prospects are “overripe” for call-ups to the NHL. That’s a luxury for a team that’s in the playoff mix, but the issue is that some organizations simply can’t afford the time, patience or depth required to let prospects follow a deliberate, formative development path.
*The so-called “spare parts” are doing a great job for the Vegas Golden Knights, and have already set an NHL record for the most wins in the first year of an NHL expansion team.
*SiriusXM/NHL analyst Patrick O’Sullivan took aim at the goaltending interference non-calls that took place in the NHL on Thursday night, and wonders if that’s going to be the measure of the law going forward.
*For something completely different: It certainly sounds like the “Black Panther” movie is going to be something special for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while basking in the first few golden moments of 2018.
*Kevin Shattenkirk is pumped to play in front of family and friends in the Winter Classic at Citi Field as a member of the New York Rangers.
*It’s a happy new NHL New Year for 2018, and here are a few hopes for things, courtesy of ESPN.com, that are “in or out” for 2018 including if this will be the year that Jaromir Jagr finally hangs up his skates.
*It’s been a tough season for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and perhaps appropriately they ended their 2017 schedule on a down note.
*Speaking of low points, the Edmonton Oilers bumped down another rung on the ladder with an embarrassing shutout loss to the Winnipeg Jets. This team just really doesn’t look like playoff material right now.
*The silent leadership of Jamie Benn has been a huge boost to the Dallas Stars this season as they creep back into possible playoff position.
*For something completely different: Here’s a preview of the top-10 TV items that are returning/debuting on the winter schedule. I certainly NBC’s always engrossing Winter Olympics coverage is part of this list.