Elliotte Friedman asks the question of whether the RFA collusion admissions by Jimmy Devellano last week could become a leverage point for the NHLPA. Interesting point that many have often wondered.
Adam Proteau builds up his wish list for a new collective bargaining agreement over at the Hockey News. Plenty of logical, reasonable ideas in there, so theres little doubt the NHL will hate it.
The Nail Yakupov odyssey between the KHL and the Sarnia Sting continues thanks to Hockey Canada.
Sidney Crosby hopes to protect the respect of the fans and their love of the game throughout an NHL lockout that could try their patience.
John Davidson has left the St. Louis Blues organization and recently interviewed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for a front office position. The Blues are under new ownership, but thats still a regrettable thank you for a great year for hockey in St. Louis last season.
Jason Brough from Pro Hockey Talks has some thoughts from Don Cherry, and his disapproval of players heading over to Europe during the lockout and taking jobs away from other able-bodied players.
Bruins draft pick Seth Griffith was named OHL Player of the Week and continues to rack up big points in junior hockey.
For something different: people in Boston will probably be chanting Were No. 4 all day after reading this ranking of US cities.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.