Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wishing that Tim Thomas was still with the Bruins so I could ask him about a protective wall along the US/Canada border.
*Reilly Smith is excited to join the Florida Panthers, and says that nobody wanted to play them at the end of the last season. It’s pretty clear the Bruins didn’t want to play them anyway.
*Former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie says that the neighbors that lived around Tyler Seguin in Toronto aren’t too happy this summer. That should come as a big shock to the people that used to live around him in Charlestown.
*PHT writer Ryan Dadoun has Milan Lucic joking about running through Tuukka Rask “like I did to another goalie” during a candid interview with Vancouver radio. I guess he still thinks knocking over Ryan Miller was pretty funny.
*Jim Matheson says the road to the NHL is often bumpy for any number of young hockey players coming up through the ranks.
*Marcel Goc has signed a five-year deal to presumably end his pro hockey career playing in Germany.
*Here are five reasons to get excited for the Calgary Flames in September and I’m willing to bet that Dougie Hamilton is one of them.
*For something completely different: the whole saga with El Presidente video-bombing ESPN talent at the Brady hearing was bordering on epic.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.