Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while back watching players skate around the frozen sheet today.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs have become a team that players are drawn to now that the young stars are seemingly multiplying in the Big Smoke.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the details on a sad situation with Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur failing his physical after making it all the way back from concussions for the playoffs last spring.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has all the details from an awkward first day of camp in Colorado where Avs center Matt Duchene clearly doesn’t want to be there anymore. It was basically right out of the “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” playbook from Marshawn Lynch.
*Milan Lucic worked with Terrell Owens of all people this summer to improve his speed and explosiveness in his second year with the Edmonton Oilers. What a duo that must have been together.
*David Pastrnak wasn’t the only NHL player to lock down a six-year deal yesterday as the Winnipeg Jets signed Bryan Little to a six-year contract.
*For something completely different: Best Wishes to Andrea Bocelli, who is in the hospital after falling off a horse.
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.
In a move that shouldn’t surprise many, the Bruins have lost defenseman Colin Miller in the expansion draft to the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the selection, which will be announced Wednesday night.
A fifth-round pick of the Kings in the 2012 draft, Miller was traded to the Bruins in the Milan Lucic deal after his second professional season. A strong skater with a heavy slap shot, Miller came to Boston having won both the fastest skater and hardest shot competitions in the 2015 AHL All-Star Skills competition.
Though Miller’s skill-set still makes him a very promising player, he’s yet to develop into an NHL regular due to difficulties in decision-making. The 24-year-old was left exposed in the expansion draft as the B’s opted to protect 29-year-old Kevan Miller instead.
Though Miller was selected by Vegas, it is not guaranteed he will remain with the team. Another team could trade for him, with Miller and Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas going back to Miller’s OHL days in Sault Ste. Marie, where Dubas was the team’s GM.