Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while really interested to see what Don Sweeney is going to do now.
*Here’s a pretty funny Tinder profile created for Jaromir Jagr as he’s looking for love in the form of NHL employment at this date late in the summer.
*John Tavares is in no rush whatsoever to re-sign with the New York Islanders and that may not be a great sign for them if they don’t really clean up a few things including their rink situation.
*The NHL doesn’t have an NCAA loophole problem, according to the Hockey News. I don’t have a big issue with it right now either, but it could really become a problem if every single drafted college player begins following this path to free agency.
*Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland is acting as the Golden Knights welcome wagon for all the new players coming into Sin City for the expansion franchise.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Winnipeg yesterday talking about the very comparable situations between Leon Draisaitl and David Pastrnak. This conversation took place hours before Draisaitl was signed by the Oilers, but I maintain what I said all along about Pastrnak getting paid as a result of this.
*Logan Couture and his jaw are fully healed and ready to go even his teeth are still pretty sore after last spring’s massive collision in the playoffs.
*If you’re interested in a wide-ranging conversation about the Vancouver Canucks, here is your story on the Interwebs today.
*For something completely different: The Defenders are coming in the next few days to Netflix and I’m pretty damn excited about it.
Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Bruins preseason victory over the Chicago Blackhawks
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BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.
Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.
David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.
Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.
Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks.