Provies (Not Botch, but still taking predictable umbrage at iMac’s article about Lack being "differently wired", and that playing a very small part in the Canucks decision to trade him, not Markstrom. Some good stuff from Greg Balloch about Markstrom’s glove hand issues).
Bo Horvat was named Puck Daddy's first star of the night last night.
Cam Cole, on Jake Virtanen handling his first home media scrum since the World Juniors with calm and class.
Miller and Lack, catching up after last night's game:
With Miller ready, Joe Cannata has been sent back down to Utica.
Jeff Patterson, with his Canucks mid-term report cards (two A's, three D's, and a lot of Gentleman's C's), and one particularly sobering Tweet:
at the midway mark, #Canucks have one regulation home ice win vs a Western opponent. Nov 22 vs CHI— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) January 7, 2016
Hunter Shinkaruk, AHL All Star
Hunter Shinkaruk being named an AHL All-Star while most of his draft class is still CHL-eligible is p good I'd say— Rhys Jessop (@Thats_Offside) January 7, 2016
According to College Hockey News, Thatcher Demko will miss Friday's Boston College game against vs Providence. Demko sustained an upper-body injury on Dec. 28 vs. Ohio State.
Fallout from yesterday's crazy day of trades.
Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch wonders if the Johansen for Jones swap makes the Blue Jackets any better. Brandon Dubinski is now their number one center. Wyshynski, wonders too, and notes Johansen could thrive in Nashville under Laviolette's system. Seth Jones now gets a chance to step out from behind the big names on Nashville's D and reach his potentially very high ceiling, says ProHockeyTalk. The Cannon, reflecting on Johansen's time in Columbus. Adam Vinigan of the Tennessean with the view from Nashville. On the Forecheck staff react to the trade, and Jonathan Garcia of that same blog makes the case that the Predators and Johansen could be a great fit. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN says Preds, Kings and Caps all strengthened their cup chances.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, wondering if the Oilers missed out on Seth Jones, and suggesting the team must shift attention to Travis Hamonic. Bob McKenzie, on TSN Radio in Montreal, suggested that if Jonathan Drouin proves he is healthy and plays well this weekend in Syracuse, he could be traded next week.
Sam Carchidi of Philly.com says the swap of Luke Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier to LA, for Jordan Weal and a 3rd round pick is a straight salary dump. Charlie O'Connor of Broad Street Hockey thinks the Flyers won big with the trade -- right now their site is announcing the breaking news that Ron Hextall is a God! According to GeneralFanager, the Flyers retained salary for this season is now $4,550,000, thought it all goes away if Lecavalier retires at the end of the season, as planned. Lisa Dillman of the LA Times says Vinnie is motivated for one last chance to win another cup.
Marek v Wyshynski discussing both trades, and Mike Richards signing a one-year deal with Washington.
With John Gibson injured in last night's Anaheim shutout at the hands of Toronto (just smiled as I typed that), the Ducks have acquired Dustin Tokarski from Montreal in exchange for 23 year old forward prospect, Max Friberg.
Jason Gregor and Robin Brownlee of OilersNation interviewed Bakersfield Condor, Zack Kassian.
Congrats, Junior! Very Well Deserved.
Grew up on this swing + spiderman catches at Kingdome, not sure anything will ever be as pure as Griffey playin ball https://t.co/zrKFdwJIHg— Kevin Woodley (@KevinisInGoal) January 7, 2016
I know it's customary to end links posts with a heavy metal video. Well, I don't know from metal, and I'd be scared of the mockery that would come from ending my posts with videos from artists like Lianne La Havas. But I think I know funny, so here is a brand new five-minute set from The Late Show with Steven Colbert last night: