• Via Dmitry, here’s a trolley in Russia with a cool hockey theme, i.e. a goalie who refuses to allow his coach to throw him under the bus.
• Ilya Bryzgalov says it’s “50/50” between the NHL and the KHL for next season, and that’s less about finances and more about “peace of mind.” [59.ru, via Sport-Express]
• Chris Chelios gets hired by ESPN competitor Fox Sports 1 as their hockey analyst, working both Sochi, the Stanley Cup Final and, given what we know about Chris Chelios, when the sun explodes in a million years. [SI.com]
• On the “Sidney Crosby effect”: “Sidney Crosby is considered the greatest player in the game for many reasons, but the one that goes most unnoticed is the influence he’s had on growing the sport of hockey in Pittsburgh, Western PA, Ohio, and the United States. And because of that – from one hockey player to another – I thank you.” [The Hockey Writers]
Good piece by Stu Hackel on divisional identities in the NHL: "The Metro Division easily recalls the Patrick Division: it has the same teams, plus the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes, so the rivalries -- which have hardly faded -- could render this a highly intense combination." [SI]
• Henrik Lundqvist is directing a commercial. And rocking a leather jacket. And SWOOOOOON… [Instagram]
• Mike Green’s play at even strength for the Washington Capitals has been … underwhelming. [Japers]
• Eye on Hockey’s summer series continues with the all-time Buffalo Sabres team. [CBS]
• Roy MacGregor on Wayne Gretzky’s legacy: “The gambling tempest that flared in Turin in 2006 and soon faded and the Internet life of daughter Paulina fade dramatically when compared to the doping problems of baseball stars and recent late-show murder jokes about football stars.” [Globe & Mail]
• Jonathan Drouin was kept out of the early sessions of Team Canada junior development camp for “precautionary reasons” after bruising his foot. [Tampa Bay Times]
• Hey, great news that Lars Eller is feeling better. [Ottawa Citizen]
• Finally, if you have 45 minutes, revisit the CTV infomercial that paints Crosby as our hockey Messiah and Alex Ovechkin as the “rock star”.
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