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 the S-L-O-W portion of the NHL offseason officially begins today.
*A deep-dive kind of piece on Carey Price and his goaltending legend means to the Montreal Canadiens franchise where he’s likely to remain for the rest of his career.
*As the Philadelphia Flyers begin to collect some Russian prospects within their organization, it seems clear that GM Ron Hextall isn’t shying away from them.
*It was a glamorous wedding for longtime bachelor Alex Ovechkin in Russia as one would hope that it would be.
*The Red Wings seem to be very happy about what they’re getting in free agent defenseman Trevor Daley, a guy the Bruins were after as well.
*Young players like Mitch Marner are paving the way for the rest of the Maple Leafs prospects coming up through their system.
*Wild prospect and mammoth BU forward Jordan Greenway will be a big-bodied force in the NHL when he feels like he’s ready, and he’s not quite there yet.
*For something completely different: So there’s a mystery planet in our galaxy that eventually destroy Earth as we know it? Okay then.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still enjoying fireworks, of the NBA variety or of the standard variety, on the Fourth of the July.
*There was a big room for a reason when it came to the memorial for beloved NHL enforcer Dave Semenko after his passing.
*The Habs have named former defenseman Francis Bouillon as their player development coach in an organizational restructuring.
*The Carolina Hurricanes continue to be a team that’s building toward something as they’ve traded for Marcus Kruger just a couple of days after signing Justin Williams. There’s an interesting mix there if they can find enough scoring and get the consistent goaltending that they’re looking for.
*After being one of the in-demand amateur free agents this summer, Spencer Foo is “the guy” at Calgary Flames development camp.
*Hats off to Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who had a Fourth of July tweet that was as American as the bald eagle, apple pie or the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest on Coney Island.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) with a good explanation of the John Tavares situation with the New York Islanders and why there’s been no contract extension to this point.
*Is it too early for NHL fantasy hockey rankings? Not for the hard-working folks at NHL.com looking to stoke things up after free agency.
*For something completely different: The fireworks show for the Celtics turned out to be pretty awesome with the news that Gordon Hayward was coming to the Green Team.