By Joe Haggerty
Let's get right into the links:
A couple of other NHL defensemen might be looking for the same kind of deal that Dustin Byfuglien landed with the Atlanta Thrashers, and they wouldnt be out of line in the least. A classic column by the legendary Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette on the state of the Canadiens. The Atlanta Thrashers need to show a sense of urgency when it comes to making moves and getting their hockey team in a) another owners hands or b) a better playoff position this year. SI.coms Michael Farber has an interesting take on fighting in the NHL, and the way things should be after a month of hockey that put a black eye on the sport. A good look by Wicked Good Sports at the anatomy of trade rumors in the NHL, and how the whole damn thing gets started. Who knew that Peter Chiarelli liked pizza so much? Sporting News scribe Craig Custance says a losing streak finally wakes the San Jose Sharks from their season-long slumber, and gets them going in the right direction. Too bad theyre just going to choke in the playoffs again.
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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.