Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still enjoying fireworks, of the NBA variety or of the standard variety, on the Fourth of the July.
*There was a big room for a reason when it came to the memorial for beloved NHL enforcer Dave Semenko after his passing.
*The Habs have named former defenseman Francis Bouillon as their player development coach in an organizational restructuring.
*The Carolina Hurricanes continue to be a team that’s building toward something as they’ve traded for Marcus Kruger just a couple of days after signing Justin Williams. There’s an interesting mix there if they can find enough scoring and get the consistent goaltending that they’re looking for.
*After being one of the in-demand amateur free agents this summer, Spencer Foo is “the guy” at Calgary Flames development camp.
*Hats off to Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who had a Fourth of July tweet that was as American as the bald eagle, apple pie or the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest on Coney Island.
Happy Fourth of July!! Proud to call myself an American and blessed to have worn the colors with pride 🥇🏆🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/NU6tBsW3xf— Charlie McAvoy (@CMcAvoy44) July 5, 2017
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) with a good explanation of the John Tavares situation with the New York Islanders and why there’s been no contract extension to this point.
*Is it too early for NHL fantasy hockey rankings? Not for the hard-working folks at NHL.com looking to stoke things up after free agency.
*For something completely different: The fireworks show for the Celtics turned out to be pretty awesome with the news that Gordon Hayward was coming to the Green Team.