Is it time to panic?
If you're Ty Law or Troy Brown, the answer is . . . yes!
Concern No. 1 seems to be injury-related. The team is banged up in the secondary, and now Devin McCourty is back at cornerback instead of safety where he had been playing better.
"Anytime you have to play Devin McCourty back at the cornerback position because you're banged up, you took a turn for the worse defensively," Law said. "He's at his best and he's going to help your team more when he's playing safety. Aqib Talib is down. We don't know the extent of the injury. He tried to go out there and play, but he didn't play well, and you've seen him limping around."
Brown is a little more optimistic than Law, so check out the video for his take.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while never getting tired of the Bernie Sanders/Curb Your Enthusiasm parallels.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Trevor Daley making a surprise visit with the Stanley Cup and talking more about his emotional moment hoisting the Cup right after the win by the Penguins.
*Don Cherry and Ron MacLean get their just reward with a star on the Canada Walk of Fame after years of great hockey entertainment.
*Adam Larsson has heard the fan reaction in Edmonton after being traded for Taylor Hall, and he’s downplaying it all.
*A lack of a deal for RFA defenseman Jacob Trouba with the Winnipeg Jets doesn’t mean Trouba trouble quite yet. But it sure doesn’t sound like things are all ducky in Winnipeg.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Rosen sits down with Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka to answer five questions about his new gig, and some big changes for the Desert Dogs.
*Scott Powers has Jimmy Vesey’s camp confirming that the Chicago Blackhawks will be one of the teams on Vesey’s “short list” when he speaks with teams on Aug. 15. Watch out for Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks, who have been out to see Vesey a couple of times in Foxboro over the last month.
*The Washington Capitals continue to build depth among their forward group, and have constructed a strong roster for next season.
*For something completely different: if you love baseball or have ever enjoyed some of the truly great Dan Shaughnessy columns over the years, you will enjoy this column from Shaughnessy about his Hall of Fame induction. Congrats to Dan, a true titan in our industry.