Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 30th anniversary of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album.
*Congrats to Mike Fisher, who retires with the Nashville Predators after his 17th NHL season playing at a hard-working, efficient and winning level.
*Interesting story on former NHL defenseman Brent Sopel, who is conducting clinics designed to help dyslexic children after overcoming his own personal battles.
*Here’s a notebook from Team USA at the World Junior summer showcase, which has less of a Bruins flavor than it did a year ago when Charlie McAvoy was putting on a show at the event.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) John Boruk is doing a little more writing for the CSN Philly site these days and has something on the Flyers needing to start producing the offense that ownership is already paying big bucks for.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Colorado Avalanche's Matt Duchene trying to be relaxed about the trade rumors.That’s probably the only way he can approach it, but it would be nice if you started to sense a little more aggravation from him about his situation coming off a down year, and now dealing with more trade rumors. One has to wonder if being too relaxed is part of the problem with a player that’s got tremendous skills, but allowed a stinky situation in Colorado to get him down last season.
*Here’s quite a move from Linus Omark during a European shootout exhibition. You may remember him from some of his tremendous shootout movies during his time in the NHL.
*For something completely different: A good scoop from Sean McAdam on Red Sox ownership limiting Dave Dombrowski’s ability to trade the organization’s top prospects. This has less to do with the Sox situation than it does with Dombrowski’s constant willingness to mortgage his own prospect cupboard for the “now” rather than the “later.”
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating Jimmy Kimmel more with each passing day.
*Congrats to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz on his move to The Athletic. Here he details why he’ll now be covering the Sharks for them.
*Joffrey Lupul has apologized for intimating that the Toronto Maple Leafs are “cheating” when it comes to player injuries.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Loui Eriksson looking to bounce back with the Vancouver Canucks after a tough first year there. He’ll probably be better than he was last season, but one thing I learned about Eriksson during his time in Boston is that you’re not going to see his best unless there’s a reason for him to be at his best. Sitting in Vancouver in the middle of a comfortable, big money contract on a mediocre-to-bad hockey team isn’t exactly going to ratchet up the urgency.
*Tampa Bay defenseman prospect Mikhail Sergachev has “NHL written all over him” after a strong start to training camp with the Lightning. That’s music to management’s ears down there after they gave up Jonathan Drouin for him in the offseason.
*Nick Cotsonika chronicles the “big first step” that the NHL has made into China with an exhibition game there between the Kings and Canucks.
*This blog post pokes fun at Don LaGreca for a rant about geometry, but I agree with his overall point that the vast majority of people choose to like sports exactly because it doesn’t include these complex mathematical formulas that the fancy stats brigade is trying to introduce into the sports world with more and more force.
BRIGHTON -- Now that the preseason games have started, it was inevitable that the injuries were going to start popping up for the Bruins.
Torey Krug will be out at least three weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his jaw after taking a puck to the mouth in the second period of Tuesday night’s win over the Red Wings. And both Matt Beleskey (foot contusion) and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (upper body) are considered day-to-day with injuries.
Forsbacka Karlsson tumbled head-first into the end boards in the second period Tuesday. Beleskey suffered his injury in Monday night’s win over the Canadiens in Quebec City.
The Krug injury is significant, of course, and likely to cause him to miss at least the first few games of the regular season. It’s a tough break for the puck-moving defenseman, who missed all of last year’s playoffs because of a knee injury after staying healthy for the first 81 games.
It will give the Bruins a chance to give much closer looks to younger, left-shot defensemen like Matt Grzelcyk, Robbie O’Gara, Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril. All three were ticketed to start the year in Providence.
Here is the expected lineup for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden, with Anders Bjork getting his first official look while skating right wing on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron: