Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the proud ownership of this year’s Christmas tree in the Haggerty household some fifty bucks later.
*Down Goes Brown provides a list of the five most confusing players in the NHL this season, and none of them are Boston Bruins. Hooray.
*Bruce Boudreau makes the case to the Hockey News that Devan Dubnyk is more deserving of a Vezina Trophy this season than Carey Price. How about Tuukka Rask being more deserving than either one of them?
*An interesting look at the rough state of Maple Leafs goaltending right around the Tuukka Rask trade to Boston and the Vesa Toskala/Andrew Raycroft years.
*A fun video piece with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau as they took a tour of Toronto together.
*Speaking of trades, the Philadelphia Flyers hit the jackpot with the Wayne Simmonds trade as he’s been a proud part of the Broad Street Bullies tradition.
*Gord Miller is an excellent play-by-play man, and he tells some great stories of his life on the road whether it’s the NHL season or the World Junior tournament.
*While the Boston University hockey team is a star-studded group with an amazing freshman recruiting class, Patrick Curry has been a player that’s quietly had an excellent season.
*A few minutes with Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Kris Letang about a wide array of subjects including Mike Sullivan and concussion spotters.
*For something completely different: good interview with the former Flash, John Wesley Shipp, about his role in the newer Flash TV series, and the coolness of bringing back Shipp and Mark Hamill as their former characters.
Episode 80 of Quick Slants the podcast with Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry looks ahead to the New England Patriots final four games of the regular season against the team that has been in the crosshairs during the Bill Belichick era, the Baltimore Ravens.
Will Tom Brady and company look for revenge against the team that started the Deflategate saga? The game on Monday will be a critical outcome to the seedings in the AFC. Tom Curran talks about a not-so-friendly run-in he had with John Harbaugh.
Also, with Rob Gronkowski gone for the year and Martellus Bennett less than 100%, would it be in the teams' best interest to sit Bennett for a game or two to get ready for the postseason?
Plus, a couple of Tom Brady topics - the extremely popular "What's your number?" segment, and which of his 201 wins was the best one.
"Quick Slants" the podcast is presented by Papa Gino's.