Happy Monday, if there is such a thing. Time for some puck links (always free) from around the hockey world, starting with the status of top Avs prospect Alex Newhook for tonight’s Canada-Russia World Cup semifinal game in Edmonton:
- Newhook is listed as “questionable” tonight, with an upper-body injury. The way Canada has played so far in this tourney, it might not need him. (CBC)
- Newhook will not be at Avs training camp after the tourney is over, by the way. He’ll go back to Boston College to finish out his sophomore season.
- Bo Byram will be in camp, however, and as we talked about yesterday, is now projected to start the season with the Avs and (I think) will be with the team the full season.
- Joe Thornton is skating on Toronto’s top line (NHL.com)
- The top 250 players to target in fantasy hockey (Hockey News)
- Jack Roslovic, Patrik Laine, and Pierre-Luc Dubois want to hit the NHL trade scene. All three have asked for a trade, but all are still with their teams. Roslovic is currently an unsigned RFA, but Dubois and Laine are signed.CBJ GM Jarko Kekkalainen and head coach John Tortorella addressed their situation (Columbus Post Dispatch)
- The Winnipeg Jets are keeping Laine away from the media. He will not be available during training camp (I suspect the writers may protest). One wonders what he would say. Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press reported on the situation and had a novel idea. *ahem Columbus (Winnipeg Free Press)
- With Bruins training camp beginning and the left side of the Bruins’ defense an inexperienced mishmash Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney is feeling the heat for letting Zdeno Chara walk via unrestricted free agency last week and Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan is being hailed for signing the 43-year-old veteran and Stanley Cup Champion to a very team-friendly deal. However, hall of fame puck scribe Larry Brooks wondered recently, was the contract that brought Chara to the Boston Bruins on July 1, 2006, the best free agent contract of the salary cap era? (New York Post)
- Do the Buffalo Sabres finally have the right veteran leader to get their young players like Jack Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin over the hump and into the playoffs? (Buffalo News)
- When you’re a Detroit Red Wing and Stevie Y, one of the greatest NHL captains ever, thinks you’re good captain material, chances are you’re the next captain of the Detroit Red Wings (Detroit Free Press)
- What’s going on with the youth movement in San Jose? (San Jose Hockey Now)
My musical selection of the day, a great tune from the ’80s: