Despite the NHL lockout, hockey marches on in America including a gathering of US prospects in Buffalo.
Wade Redden hasnt played in the NHL in years, but hes still being dragged into the NHL lockout along with the rest of his fellow players. Hes being paid handsomely, but Pierre Lebrun has the story of Reddens crappy experience.
The Ottawa Senators front office is happy that at least one training camp is opening with the Binghamton Senators.
Great piece from CSN colleague Tracey Myers speaking with defenseman Steve Montador, who isnt very optimistic about the conversations taking place between the NHL and NHLPA this weekend.
Good work by Joe Gill going into the time machine to regale with tales of the Bruins and Hartford Whalers games from the old Adams Division days.
Nick Cotsonika from Yahoo! Sports sees the big picture with the NHL and NHLPA, and the real money that awaits both sides years into the future.
Good buddy Joe Yerdon from Pro Hockey Talks has Dustin Byfuglien saying his legal proceedings are a pain in the you know what.
For something completely different: the Avett Brothers perform Murdered in the City for Conan OBrien recently. Its a great, great tune from an underrated band.
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.