Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still riding the highs and lows of Bruins bye week.
*An interesting thing learned after the death of Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch: He paid rent for Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks while she lived in downtown Detroit.
*Was six games enough of a suspension for Gustav Nyquist after his blatant slash to the face? The debate is ongoing.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the St. Louis Blues continuing to ring up wins with new coach Mike Yeo, and that includes a five-game winning streak on their concluded road trip.
*Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic was in attendance at the Beanpot Final on Monday further fueling the speculation that he wants BU defenseman and B’s prospect Charlie McAvoy in trade talks with the Bruins.
*The trade winds haven’t been blowing very strongly leading up to the March 1 trade deadline, but the Capitals did deal for D-man Tom Gilbert this week.
*Is Penguins defenseman Kris Letang addicted to chocolate? The answers appears to be “Yes.”
*Jimmy Howard is having setbacks in his attempts to work back from injury and again join the struggling Detroit Red Wings.
*For something completely different: this story of Kraft tracking down 12 cases of Star Wars mac and cheese for an autistic boy is great in every way.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while thoroughly enjoying all the pictures and videos of John Martin and his beautiful family enjoying themselves at Steve Buckley’s Olde Time Baseball Game last night.
*In the interest of self-promotion: Here I am discussing the current state of affairs with David Pastrnak and the Bruins, and what it means to Boston’s other younger players if they don’t pay him what he’s due.
*Another thing in the interest of self-promotion: I spoke with Toucher and Rich this a.m. about how David Pastrnak hit the RFA market at exactly the right time for a big payday.
*Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan talks about a visit he paid to Phil Kessel in Toronto over the last couple of weeks.
*So, apparently Tyler Seguin thinks he can create a nickname for himself. Hasn’t anybody ever explained to him that you can’t choose your own nickname?
*The first edition of the 2018 draft rankings are out by the Hockey News, and it looks like a better draft class than this past summer.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Tampa Bay Lightning joining a joint effort in Tampa to move Confederate monuments.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski has another in his “What If…?” series asking what might have happened if Terry Pegula owned the Buffalo Sabres in the 1990’s.
*For something completely different: I can be hit or miss with Tina Fey’s comedy, but I thought her sheet cake-filled take on last weekend’s ugly, tragic events were both on-point and funny.
Mike Felger says that the Boston Bruins are being put in an impossible spot with David Pastrnak's contract situation.