Since the Tampa Bay Lightning trade for Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is on the slow boat to China, Max Pacioretty trade news has dominated hockey coverage for the last few days. Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has never been a boring guy and once again he has the full attention of the hockey world as he tries to reload the Canadiens lineup.
There is also a terrifying look at the next potential lockout…
Nearly every still functioning hockey reporter and outlet has had to answer the question what about (insert home team) acquiring Pacioretty? Players who can score 30 goals and are a captain material are a rare breed, though the list of real contenders has not yet emerged.
Is the Pacioretty situation motivated by ideological differences? (Habs Eyes on the Prize).
Top 5 destinations for Pacioretty by Jared Clinton, who has been in beast mode while hockey goes into hibernation (The Hockey News).
In one year, both the NHLPA and NHL can opt out early from the CBA. With the rising tide of revenues raising profits and salaries, it should be easy to discuss fair tweaks to the system, right? Right…? Oh no…. (Sportsnet)
Sadly, Henrik Zetterberg may be at the end of the line. Back issues could cost him the upcoming season and more (The Detroit News).
The Red Wings did sign Anthony Mantha, 23, to a two-year deal. (ESPN).
ESPN also looked at the offseason moves in the context of fantasy hockey. (ESPN).
Sports Illustrated has a new hockey piece. NHL’ers share their pet peeves. Fleury and Oshie hate divers (Sports Illustrated).
I know what esports are. I don’t understand people watching other people play video games. Growing up, when it was Player 2’s turn, Player 1 zoned out or went to the kitchen. Poor Luigi never got his due. Now, people pay money to watch others play, and the NHL is pumping money into that potential (Sports Business Daily)