Friday, Jan. 6: Blue Jackets' streak ends

Friday, Jan. 6: Blue Jackets' streak ends

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while admitting I enjoyed Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new boss on Celebrity Apprentice.

*Here’s my segment with Bob Stauffer prior to Thursday night’s game against the Oilers discussing the state of the Bruins among other things.

*Congrats to the Pride of Saugus, who is doing enough things for the Union hockey team to get noticed by Sports Illustrated.

*The NHL is looking at putting on some regular season games in China, and doesn’t sound fazed about the KHL getting involved there first.

*Now that it’s over, here’s a look at the 16-game winning streak for the Columbus Blue Jackets by the numbers.

*Troy Terry and top Bruins prospect Charlie McAvoy played the role of heroes for Team USA at the World Junior tournament as they took home another championship after a tense overtime and shootout.

*Struggling Zach Parise gets a pep talk from Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau as things continue to roll forward for a very good Wild club.

*Here’s the video produced by the Boston Bruins honoring the recently passed Milt Schmidt prior to Thursday night’s game vs. Edmonton.

*Tough break for the Habs as Brendan Gallagher is going to be out a minimum of two months with hand surgery.

*For something completely different: Sherrod Blakely doesn’t see a deal being made between the Celtics and Bulls for Jimmy Butler.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


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.