Interesting read on Deadspin about a book chronicling Gary Bettman thats about to come out with another NHL lockout looming. Boy, that timing is awfully interesting isnt it? The passage details how Bettman spent the time while Vancouver was burning after the Stanley Cup Finals.
Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden weighs in on the NHL lockout and comes away feeling that both sides are in need of a lesson in deal-making.
Adam Proteau says that NHL general managers are smart to wait and sign players under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement where the years and AAV will presumably come down along with the salary cap.
Marc Spector speaks with an economist that surmises that the preponderance of NHL work stoppages is the direct result of bad leadership.
Martin Brodeur may play overseas if theres no NHL to start the season in October. Youve got to wonder how many players like Brodeur could potentially have their careers end prematurely if the league loses an entire season.
FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle takes a look at the 1 billion gap between the NHL and NHLPA after their most recent offers, and what it might take to finally get a deal made to save the hockey season.
Elliotte Friedman asks an interesting question: should Gary Bettman consider stepping away from CBA negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA given the burgeoning bad blood flowing from each side.
For something completely different: Boston.com blogger Eric Wilbur gets out the carving knife with the Red Sox ownership amid the rumors of a potential sale of the Sox franchise.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while there’s a beautiful day going on outside in Buffalo.
*D-man Jakob Chychrun says that he wasn’t stressing dropping into the middle of the first round before the Arizona Coyotes picked him.
*It’s a great piece of video from Friday night’s first round as Tyson Jost’s grandpa became a sobbing, proud man when his grandson was taken early in the first round of the NHL Draft.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believing that Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning crossed the line by publicly expressing interest in P.K. Subban.
*Evander Kane is being investigated on a couple of harassment claims in the Buffalo area, a tough development during NHL Draft weekend there.
*The Blue Jackets had the biggest surprise of the first round by drafting Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall pick in the first round. They must think he’s going to be a center long term.
*The Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild are talking trade for a D-man, but none of the defensemen names moved on Friday night.
*For something completely different: Adam Kaufman gives his take on the draft night for the Celtics.
One of the Bruins' defenseman trade targets is off the market.
Dmitry Kulikov was traded from Florida Panthers to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. He was on Boston's list of usual suspects for D-men.
Buffalo traded defenseman Mark Pysyk and the 38th and 89th pick to Florida for the 25-year old Kulikov and pick No. 33.
The Bruins had discussed a Kulikov deal with the Panthers last week.
BUFFALO – The Bruins might not quite be finished with the Chris Kelly era in Boston.
After the gritty, seasoned and defensive-minded forward played only 11 games last season due to a left femur fracture suffered in November, there was some question about his future with his contract up on July 1. The B’s have maintained a consistent interest in potentially bringing back the team leader if Kelly proved he was healthy enough to contribute and of course if the price was right for the 35-year-old.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that Kelly now has a full bill of health seven months after the injury and that Sweeney planned to speak with the fourth-liner’s agent in the near future.
“I’m actually going to speak with Chris Kelly’s representative,” said Sweeney. “We had great news that he was physically and medically cleared, so we’re going to have a discussion with them in short order.”
While Kelly’s days of scoring 20 goals or playing big minutes as a third-line center might be behind him, he’s still a respected leader and gritty, tough penalty killer that sets a great example for the young players in the B’s dressing room. If Kelly is willing to sign for short term and something in the neighborhood of $1 million, he could be an acceptable fit as a fourth liner/13th forward on a Bruins team gearing more toward speed and youth with each passing month.
If not, then Kelly is more than likely one of those veteran players who might have to win an NHL job in training camp, given that he’s coming off a pretty major leg injury, and that the league is skewing more toward entry level contract players as fourth line/extra forwards.