Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while not loving Game of Thrones doling out cameos to the likes of Ed Sheeran.
*So what can the Montreal Canadiens reasonably expect from Jonathan Drouin as he joins them for next season?
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri veteran NHL defenseman Brian Campbell retiring and getting set to join the Chicago Blackhawks organization in his post-playing career.
*Ben Bishop is the biggest name to change in the goaltending situation for the Dallas Stars, but it feels like there’s been an organizational shift in Dallas to start improving things in that department. That’s definitely a good thing.
*Interesting stuff and insight with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper, who has lived an interesting sports journalism life covering the Predators beat and writing for Puck Daddy over the last five years.
*Has the offseason for the Los Angeles Kings been brilliant or an unmitigated disaster? It feels like a couple of pretty wide extremes to me, but that’s what the Hockey News is asking.
*Love the Georges Laraque insight on Edmonton’s newfound toughness, and how it relates to the success that the Oilers had last season. This all ties back to Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon, Darnell Nurse and Zack Kassian
*For something completely different: Boy, wouldn’t it be a crying shame if we see Gillette Stadium just filled with thousands of clown T-shirts on opening night of the NFL season?
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.
*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?
*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.
*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.
*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.
*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.
*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?