Sunday, Jan. 8: Babcock not a fan of bye weeks

Sunday, Jan. 8: Babcock not a fan of bye weeks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging out from under the snow in Boston.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers says the Chicago Blackhawks are looking for more consistency in the second half of the season.

*Dandy Don Cherry is looking for some changes to the way Hockey Canada runs their World Junior teams after they come up short against Team USA in this year’s tournament.

*“Sarge” Mike Riley has the preview details behind a big day of outdoor hockey at Fenway Park this afternoon. It should be a great day for hockey after we got dumped with all that snow on Saturday to make for a nice wintry Fenway setting.

*Mike Babcock doesn’t think the idea of the bye weeks in the NHL schedule has been a good one for player safety.

*Bobby Ryan was scratched from the lineup of a struggling Ottawa team without any explanation from coach Guy Boucher. Maybe he forgot how to spell intensity again?

*Andrei Vasilevskiy says that he needs “to be better mentally” after struggling along with his Lightning teammates recently.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the details behind Lucas Sbisa getting hit so hard that trainers needed to pull pieces of his helmet from off his head.

*For something completely different: a nice NBCBoston piece about the real-life local fishing boat featured in the Manchester By the Sea movie.

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.