Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like I need to see La La Land now.
*Curtis McElhinney had a bad start for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and now he’s off the team. Mercy is for the weak, eh Sensei Tortorella?
*Interesting development for next season as there will only be home/road sweaters for the 31 NHL teams next season as Adidas takes over the entire jersey operation for the league.
*Jonathan Toews lost a World Junior hockey bet, and was forced to wear a Team USA jersey by Patrick Kane. What a beautiful sight.
*Darren Dreger covers some of the choices for Kevin Shattenkirk when he becomes a free agent in the offseason, and the Bruins are still firmly in that picture. I’ll continue to say what I’ve been told about Shattenkirk all along, he’s aiming to go to the Flyers, Bruins or Rangers, and I’d been told that the Rangers actually have the inside track on him.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has the details of a Dallas Stars team charter being forced to make an emergency landing.
*We appreciate the lesson in sports journalism, Darryl Sutter, but you should stick to left wing locks and umbrella power play formations.
*For something completely different: You may not know him, but trust me when I say NESN videographer John Martin is one of the good people in our business, and on top of that a dedicated father and husband. He’s been diagnosed with ALS, and his family needs your help.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while always holding a special place in my heart for Dickie Dunn as my favorite "Slap Shot" character. If Dickie Dunn wrote it, then it must be true.
*The ESPN hockey crew puts together some of their best scenes and favorite lines from "Slap Shot" as the movie hits 40 years old. I was first introduced to Slap Shot in my high school years and I liked it for the Hanson Brothers as much as for anything else, but that is a movie that just gets better and better every time I watch it. And I’ve watched it dozens and dozens of times. God bless Paul Newman for agreeing to lend his Hollywood star power to such a crazy, hilarious and raucous love letter to hockey.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Brian Wilde is recognizing the limitations of the Canadiens even under new coach Claude Julien.
*Bryan Bickell is stepping even closer to a return to the Carolina Hurricanes as he battles through his MS diagnosis.
*Kevin Shattenkirk apparently turned down a sign-and-trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, and also turned down a chance to get dealt to the Edmonton Oilers last summer as well. I think the Blues D-man has a short list of teams he wants to sign with as a free agent, and neither one of those teams is on the list.
*Darren Dreger weighs in on Shattenkirk as well, and the price tag of a top prospect, first-round pick and NHL player for the puck-moving rental D-man seems very excessive.
*Things are coming to a head with Evander Kane and the Buffalo Sabres as he takes his play to a high level in Buff over the last few months.
*Interesting piece on Ed Snider’s daughter becoming an advocate for medicinal marijuana after his father’s health battles.
*For something completely different: Looks like a new season of "The Voice" coming our way.