Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while not loving Game of Thrones doling out cameos to the likes of Ed Sheeran.
*So what can the Montreal Canadiens reasonably expect from Jonathan Drouin as he joins them for next season?
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri veteran NHL defenseman Brian Campbell retiring and getting set to join the Chicago Blackhawks organization in his post-playing career.
*Ben Bishop is the biggest name to change in the goaltending situation for the Dallas Stars, but it feels like there’s been an organizational shift in Dallas to start improving things in that department. That’s definitely a good thing.
*Interesting stuff and insight with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper, who has lived an interesting sports journalism life covering the Predators beat and writing for Puck Daddy over the last five years.
*Has the offseason for the Los Angeles Kings been brilliant or an unmitigated disaster? It feels like a couple of pretty wide extremes to me, but that’s what the Hockey News is asking.
*Love the Georges Laraque insight on Edmonton’s newfound toughness, and how it relates to the success that the Oilers had last season. This all ties back to Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon, Darnell Nurse and Zack Kassian
*For something completely different: Boy, wouldn’t it be a crying shame if we see Gillette Stadium just filled with thousands of clown T-shirts on opening night of the NFL season?
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while all armed and ready for tonight’s return of Game of Thrones.
*Funny video as Jonathan Drouin goes undercover in Montreal to see how many Habs fans might know who he is. I don’t think he’ll be able to do this so anonymously next summer after his first season in Montreal.
*Milan Lucic gave the Oilers some major street cred and was a big part of their skill players getting the room to operate, but there is already noise being made about his contract. Did Peter Chiarelli know that the Oilers were probably going to be stuck with an overpriced Lucic in the final couple of years of that contract? Yeah, I think so. But there is zero doubt in my mind that Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl don’t have the kind of breakthrough seasons that they had offensively if Lucic, Patrick Maroon and guys like them weren’t regularly in the lineup for Edmonton. They are a tough team to play against, and that’s exactly what Chiarelli’s blueprint has been for team-building in his time as a GM in the NHL. This is the cost of doing business if you’re the Oilers, and there’s no point in whining and crying about that contract while Edmonton is building toward a Cup contender. If they win, nobody should be complaining.
*It sure looks like John Tortorella is going to be in line for a big pay raise out in Columbus given some of the other coaching salaries around the league.
*It’s an interesting question to ask how the Arizona Coyotes are going to play under new head coach Rick Tocchet.
*Here are four ways that a brand new ownership group could be a very good thing for the Carolina Hurricanes.
*With the retirement of Andrew Ference, here’s a look at other steals in the ninth round of the NHL Draft that no longer exists.
*For something completely different: A fun piece about which missing Game of Thrones characters will return this season. I’ve expected to see Gendry again toward the end, so I’m not surprised to see him toward the top of the list.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while fully recommending the “Wonder Woman” movie, which was terrific in every way.
*Some bloggers around the Los Angeles Kings have identified the problem, and it sounds similar to what the Bruins were going through in their dry period out of the playoffs.
*Jonathan Drouin getting traded to the Montreal Canadiens could have a major ripple effect for the Habs for the rest of the summer. I will be interested to see how this works out for Montreal because Drouin is going to be asked to be a fully invested, two-way player if he wants to be the No. 1 center for Claude Julien’s team. I haven’t seen that kind of defense and 200-foot commitment from Drouin when I’ve watched him play as much as I’ve seen highlight-reel plays and clearly elite high-end offensive skill. I’ll be watching this closely because I think there will be bumps between the brilliant, young scoring center and the exacting, old-school hockey coach similar to what we saw with Julien and Tyler Seguin, who he never trusted as a center in Boston.
*The Hockey News says we can’t blame players that refuse to waive their no-movement clause for the expansion draft, and I fully agree with them.
*The low arrest numbers at the victory parade for the Pittsburgh Penguins suggest it might have been the most peaceful Cup celebration ever.
*Congrats to the legendary Phil Housley, who takes over as coach of the Buffalo Sabres with a lot of work in front of him.
*If the Buffalo News were allowed to be Buffalo Sabres “GM for the day”, here is what they would do in short order.
*Phil Kessel isn’t a loser, you guys. And anybody that says so is a big, stinky loser for being mean to poor Phil the Thrill.
*For something completely different: A pretty cool tribute out in Los Angeles for the OG Batman, Adam West, with the Batman signal shining onto LA City Hall.