Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after another day goes by without a Stanley Cup Final or NBA Finals game. Yawn.
*A good piece on the evolution of hockey in Switzerland and what top lottery pick Nico Hischier represents to the NHL world and to his homeland.
*A great piece from Hall of Fame legend and New York Islanders' Stanley Cup champ Mike Bossy on the Players Tribune as he writes a letter to his younger self.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has five telling stats from the Penguins/Predators Stanley Cup Final through four games where the home team hasn’t made a false move.
*In a situation that perfectly encapsulates what the NHL is compared to the ridiculous monsters that are the NFL, MLB and the NBA, there isn’t a single Canadian or a hockey player that made the Forbes highest-paid athlete’s list of 2017. Google the NHL’s biggest-name players and compare them to the other sports, and you’ll see the same kind of disparity in search numbers. The NHL is a growing, booming sport with some really interesting things in place to make them continue to climb, but they are still also firmly No. 4 right now among the four major pro sports in North America. Still, they’re a multi-billion dollar business and there ain’t anything wrong with that.
*Scott Gomez says he won’t be a one-trick pony as a new assistant coach on the New York Islanders bench. That remains to be seen. It will be interesting to see what he does the first time an angry player fires a puck at him in practice, for instance.
*Down Goes Brown gives a list of five Hall of Famers that had multiple playoff runs as “rookies” per the NHL rules for what’s classified as a rookie player. The list, of course, was inspired by Penguins goalie Matt Murray going for his second straight Stanley Cup.
*Jeremy Roenick says that Joe Thornton will be back with the San Jose Sharks, but Patrick Marleau won’t be returning to San Jose.
*For something completely different: The early reviews have been all over the place, but I’m absolutely looking forward to “The Mummy” as Universal kicks off its “Dark Universe” cinematic world with all of the classic monsters.