Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and hoping for a safe, festive and reflective Fourth of July for everybody out there.
*A gripping account from Steve Simmons of the NHL life and times for Shayne Corson as he battled crippling anxiety through his career.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle paints a picture of how much more the Maple Leafs can spend after going three years at pretty good money for Patrick Marleau.
*It appears that after all the song and dance, Ilya Kovalchuk will be heading back for another season in the KHL next year. This is always the risk in attempting to woo Russian players away from the KHL, or trying to keep them away from Mother Russia.
*The Colorado Avalanche are in a spot where they can give chances to downtrodden NHL talents, and they did just that with Nail Yakupov after signing him to a one-year deal.
*It would appear that the Dallas Stars are really going for it after signing Alex Radulov, or at least it would appear they’re under the impression they can continue to try and outscore every other team in the league. I actually hate this signing for them, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next couple of seasons.
*The Washington Capitals continue to be busy as they signed Andre Burakovsky to a three-year bridge deal.
*For something completely different: I hope that Terry Francona is okay amid the health troubles dogging him lately. Plenty of heart issues in his family health history, and you really can’t fool around with that stuff.
Here are the talking points from the Boston Burins' overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers in preseason.
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BOSTON – The Bruins continued to pick up wins in the preseason by all different methods.
On Thursday night it was a bit of an ugly, penalty-filled affair with the Flyers, but the Bruins improved to 3-0-0 in the preseason with a 2-1 overtime victory behind a Kenny Agostino breakaway goal on a nifty double-move in the extra session.
Agostino finished with the game-winner and a couple of points after feeding Postma for his game-tying strike in the third period as well.
The Flyers took the initial lead in the third period on a seemingly innocuous play that started with Matt Grzelcyk and Paul Postma getting caught chasing the puck in transition. Travis Sanheim fired a shot from the outside of the left circle and somehow got the perimeter attempt past Tuukka Rask after he’d stopped the first 21 shots he’d faced through two periods.
Postma made up for any miscues immediately afterward when he fired a bomb from the high point that shot that rocketed past Brian Elliott for the game-tying goal. The Postma score came immediately after Grzelcyk was stuffed on his own scoring attempt after a nice Danton Heinen feed set him up directly in front of the net.
Otherwise Thursday night’s preseason game was about the face-off violations that slowed the game to a crawl, and the ridiculous seven slashing penalty calls made as the NHL looks to crack down on their enforcement of potentially dangerous slashing plays.