ST. LOUIS -- While it was good news that both Tuukka Rask and Brad Marchand were named NHL All-Stars for the first time, the Bruins also had a bit of an All-Star snub: David Pastrnak.
The 20-year-old Czech right winger is tied for sixth in the NHL with his 19 goals in just 36 games during a breakout year, and certainly merited heavy consideration.
But the simple truth is that there isn’t always enough room on an All-Star game roster when every team must be represented, and that the Bruins probably don’t deserve more than two All-Star representatives given their rather average first half-season. So Pastrnak is out for now, though perhaps he still could be invited to the NHL midseason classic in Los Angeles if players begin to drop with injuries between now and the end of the month.
Either way, Pastrnak wasn’t upset with the development and didn’t have much expectation of making the All-Star squad.
“No . . . no. I’m happy for the guys," he said when asked if he was upset. "It would be a great experience and it would obviously be nice to go to the All-Stars. But I’m young. [Marchand] has worked a long way to get there and I’m really happy for him. Obviously . . . when I’d scored a couple of goals I was thinking about [the All-Star game], but it’s nothing like it’s going to push me down, you know?
“I just keep playing the same [game]. It came into my mind, but it’s not like I’m disappointed or something.”
Pastrnak has now gone 10 games without a goal after his red-hot goal-scoring start, so, disappointment or not, it’s something he could use as motivation to get into the scorer’s circle.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Tuesday’s morning skate at the Scottrade Center:
K. Miller- C. Miller
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that US democracy still works even there are extreme factors that our founding fathers couldn’t possibly have imagined.
*Edmonton Oilers reclamation project Zack Kassian continues his journey from villain to hero in the eyes of the Oil Faithful.
*Old warrior Chris Neil is weighing NHL offers right now along with a number of other older veterans still waiting for the right situation to present itself for next season. Many of these veterans are probably going to have to report to training camps on tryout agreements and beat out younger players for jobs, and that may be exactly what happens with a grizzled, tough old bird like Neil. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins bring in a veteran or two on PTO agreements in camp, and that could be the ultimate fate for guys like Neil, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and even Thomas Vanek.
*The Vegas Golden Knights are still looking to inspire with a developing locker room message as their maiden voyage still awaits this season.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has longtime Habs defenseman Andrei Markov leaving for the KHL after he couldn’t come to an agreement to stay in Montreal with the Canadiens.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ryan Kennedy has a prospects mailbag at this quiet point in the summer, and he’s very, very high on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat.
*The Hockey News details why somebody needs to step up and sign the legendary Jaromir Jagr as one of the aforementioned veteran forwards still looking for a job.
*For something completely different: Solid Steve Lattimer reference in this Pro Football Talk story about performance enhancing drugs.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that we’re just now learning about the massive rap skills of the brotherly duo of Andrew and Pete Frates.
*Ken Campbell from the Hockey News says that if influential players, like Connor McDavid, want to go to the Olympics then they need to get more involved in the CBA negotiations.
*Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shows what a class act he is by taking the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital in Montreal.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Minnesota Wild looking to find long term deals for both restricted free agents Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. That was pretty clear when they chose to deal off Marco Scandella in order to clear up some cap space to afford both of them.
*The Edmonton Oilers are going to face higher expectations for next season, and are willing to embrace that kind of pressure.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance wonders aloud whether there will be any offer sheets coming for restricted free agents. I appreciate Craig wanting to add a little more intrigue to the NHL’s offseason, but it isn’t going to happen as long as GMs are treated like they have small pox once they go that route with an offer sheet. Take a look at the future job prospects for general managers that went with offer sheets in the past, and you’ll see why GMs simply don’t do them. This is why the Bruins are uncomfortable with David Pastrnak sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent, but not overly concerned that he’s going to sign a mega-offer sheet elsewhere.
*The CCM hockey brand is apparently changing hands from its former home at Adidas.
*For something completely different: Speaking of Pete Frates, MLB has announced a fundraising drive for ALS research in his name.