Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while appreciating the NFL career of the big guy, Vince Wilfork. Nobody on the Boston sports scene will ever wear a pair of farmer overalls quite like Big Vince.
*It’s a tradition like no other: A solid Canada/Russia line brawl in Sochi prior to the Olympic Games this winter.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri wonders aloud about some Canadiens backstories at the Pro Hockey Talk site, and who exactly will be playing center next season.
*Speaking of Alfieri and Pro Hockey Talk, here’s a piece on a bright spot for the Tampa Bay Lightning from last season in Brayden Point.
*Patrick Kane is hoping to elevate his game going into next season by switching up his training regimen, and kicking it up a notch for this Blackhawks season.
*Here’s a full report on how the Boston University hockey players did at the World Junior Summer Showcase.
*Travis Yost says that the Washington Capitals are a prime candidate to take a step backwards this season, and that’s before even considering the entire drama with Alex Ovechkin and Olympics.
*The hockey media out in Columbus caught up with Ohio native Sean Kuraly ahead of a potentially big season for him with the Bruins. Kuraly will definitely get a look as a fourth line center after finishing up strong in the playoffs last season. I can honestly say he was skating much better than I’d ever seen him when he suited up for the postseason, and he could be an interesting player thrown into the bottom-6 mix for the Black and Gold. The performance for Kuraly in a big moment showed something about his makeup as well.
*For something completely different: Count me in for a new David Letterman series on Netflix where he’ll have extended, podcast-type interviews with people.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating Jimmy Kimmel more with each passing day.
*Congrats to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz on his move to The Athletic. Here he details why he’ll now be covering the Sharks for them.
*Joffrey Lupul has apologized for intimating that the Toronto Maple Leafs are “cheating” when it comes to player injuries.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Loui Eriksson looking to bounce back with the Vancouver Canucks after a tough first year there. He’ll probably be better than he was last season, but one thing I learned about Eriksson during his time in Boston is that you’re not going to see his best unless there’s a reason for him to be at his best. Sitting in Vancouver in the middle of a comfortable, big money contract on a mediocre-to-bad hockey team isn’t exactly going to ratchet up the urgency.
*Tampa Bay defenseman prospect Mikhail Sergachev has “NHL written all over him” after a strong start to training camp with the Lightning. That’s music to management’s ears down there after they gave up Jonathan Drouin for him in the offseason.
*Nick Cotsonika chronicles the “big first step” that the NHL has made into China with an exhibition game there between the Kings and Canucks.
*This blog post pokes fun at Don LaGreca for a rant about geometry, but I agree with his overall point that the vast majority of people choose to like sports exactly because it doesn’t include these complex mathematical formulas that the fancy stats brigade is trying to introduce into the sports world with more and more force.
BRIGHTON -- Now that the preseason games have started, it was inevitable that the injuries were going to start popping up for the Bruins.
Torey Krug will be out at least three weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his jaw after taking a puck to the mouth in the second period of Tuesday night’s win over the Red Wings. And both Matt Beleskey (foot contusion) and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (upper body) are considered day-to-day with injuries.
Forsbacka Karlsson tumbled head-first into the end boards in the second period Tuesday. Beleskey suffered his injury in Monday night’s win over the Canadiens in Quebec City.
The Krug injury is significant, of course, and likely to cause him to miss at least the first few games of the regular season. It’s a tough break for the puck-moving defenseman, who missed all of last year’s playoffs because of a knee injury after staying healthy for the first 81 games.
It will give the Bruins a chance to give much closer looks to younger, left-shot defensemen like Matt Grzelcyk, Robbie O’Gara, Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril. All three were ticketed to start the year in Providence.
Here is the expected lineup for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden, with Anders Bjork getting his first official look while skating right wing on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron: