Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while the New England Patriots football season is officially underway.
*The Dallas Stars organization is setting a strong example opposing the bathroom bill in Texas, and the NHL really needs to follow suit if push comes to shove around the NHL All-Star Game.
*Henrik Lundqvist has fully recovered from his knee injury and is looking forward to a strong campaign with the Rangers. He’ll need to be at his best for the Blueshirts.
*Pittsburgh is a hockey town through and through and that doesn’t stop even in the middle of the summer.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has the Dallas Stars needing to meet big expectations after an aggressive offseason improvement plan.
*A few of the biggest offseason questions for the NHL continue, including where Matt Duchene will end up once he’s traded. There’s also a little thing called the contract negotiations between the Edmonton Oilers and Leon Draisaitl.
*For something completely different: It appears that Josh Brolin and James Cameron aren’t going to be sending each other holiday cards anytime soon.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.
-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.
-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.
-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.
-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.
-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.
Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Bruins preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings
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