Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while welcoming Marcus Smart back into the fold. Good contract for a guy that’s probably worth more to the Celtics than he would be to just about anybody else.
*It looks like Jaromir Jagr will play some hockey next season, but it also looks like it won’t be in the NHL for the surefire Hall of Famer.
*A list of the greatest NHL players to wear each jersey number with a good idea who the choices would be for No. 77 and No. 4…at the very least. This is a good companion piece to the list that we just put out for the best Bruins player to wear each jersey number that the team ever issued.
*The cyberbullying case between Melina Karlsson and Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend continues with more legal filings as both sides attempt to find out the truth.
*Pro Hockey Talk has an entertaining, wide-ranging Q&A session with PK Subban about any number of topics involving the Nashville D-man.
*Da Beauty League is once again getting into full swing in Minnesota for many familiar NHL players looking to stay in skating shape.
*For something completely different: The 2018 TV season hasn’t been good for new hit shows in their second season.
Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading, while wondering when my video tribute is coming.
*Great interview with PK Subban, who appropriately lauds Willie O’Ree for his trailblazing, pioneer accomplishment of breaking through the NHL’s color barrier 60 years ago today. It was very cool that O’Ree did it with the Bruins and even cooler that he was in Boston last night from the Bruins-Habs game at TD Garden.
*Speaking of the Canadiens, old friend Joe Morrow decided to show the Canadiens digital people around Southie this week. That was his big accomplishment in these last two Bruins-Habs games.
*The Winnipeg Jets are having some big success this season, but they’ve also got some serious financial considerations coming up.
*The Colorado Avalanche continue to see attendance issues in their building, but at least there’s a reasonably better product on the ice.
*What is the value for power forward Patrick Maroon on the trade market as a rental? It certainly matters who is asking.
*Jack Johnson and John Tortorella are talking out their issues after it surfaced that the Columbus D-man wants a trade out of town.
*With Victor Hedman injured, it looks like young Tampa Bay D-man Slater Koekkoek is finally going to get a featured look with the Lightning. Per Elliotte Friedman, this is a player that the Bruins have eyed in trade possibilities in the recent past.
*For something completely different: Liam Neeson is open to returning as Qui Gon-Jinn, which adds another interesting piece to a standalone movie for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting in that last-minute shopping before Christmas.
*Here’s a video of PK Subban doing random acts of kindness around Nashville for Christmas while dressed up like an old man. This is pretty great.
*Good for Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller, who has found a cause close to him and is championing it will using his status as an NHL player to do some good. This PSA to raise awareness about brain aneurysms now plays right before home Bruins games as well.
*Here’s a pretty funny team hockey photo that was taken with a civil war era camera, and it turns out exactly as you might expect.
*I applaud the effort here with this piece about what influences NHL players outside of their families and hockey, but I feel like this is just surface deep as to what some of the more interesting guys around the NHL are into. There have to be more players like Andrew Ference and Jonathan Toews, who are super into making sure that the natural world is protected around us.
*ESPN asks if NHL players should be pushed into playing on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas when they don’t customarily play. I say “Nope. Nah. No way.” Although some US teams definitely play on Christmas from time to time as I believe the Bruins did just a few years ago.
*For something completely different: Damn Jerry Seinfeld all to hell for convincing Hugh Jackman to retire as Wolverine prior to the "X-Men" joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That would have been awesome could it have happened even just one.