Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while escaping the depths of the slowest sports week of the year.
*The New Jersey Devils believe that they’re “moving the needle” with acquisitions like Brian Boyle and Marcus Johansson, and they might just be right.
*New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault doesn’t mind working on the same staff with the man that might end up replacing him in Lindy Ruff.
*Interesting look at star-power on each of the 31 NHL teams, and how it factors into the business of winning and losing games.
*It’s looking unlikely that Andrei Markov is going to return to the Montreal Canadiens, and that is an end of an era of sorts in Montreal.
*Former NHL forward RJ Umberger is aiming for an NHL return after securing a tryout deal with the Dallas Stars.
*Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is keeping the band together after completing a contract extension for Ondrej Palat this weekend after one earlier in the week for Tyler Johnson.
*For something completely different: How on Earth was Tom Brady waiting to be admitted into any country club? Tom Brady waits for nothing and no one.
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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?