From Habs Breakfast: Can the Habs rely on Dustin Tokarski? [TSN 690]
A great profile of Max Pacioretty, who opens up about his life on and off the ice. Also contains this tidbit about changing locker room dynamics I wish we knew more about. [Montreal Gazette]
My first couple years here, I always felt I was walking on egg shells. There was Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev, Robert Lang … I didn’t feel I should have been mentioned in the same sentence as these guys but I was on the same team.
I was scared everywhere I went. I didn’t talk to anybody. But now it’s like, Alex Galchenyuk can come in, Sven Andrighetto can come in, whoever the youngest guys are, Jacob de la Rose, these guys are leaders on our team. They’re speaking up if something’s on their mind.
It’s a different feeling than I’ve ever had on a team. People always say, "The game’s changed," joking around, the young guys are comfortable. But all the best teams in the league are like that now.
- Before turning pro, Max Pacioretty played for the University of Michigan. His former alternate captain, Chad Kolarik (now playing in the KHL) praises his performance:
"I also think he didn’t get enough credit while we were there. I guess the seniors got the most attention at the time. He might’ve been the most important player, though. I just think physically he was ahead of the curve at that age."
- Carey Price was back at it, taking selfies with fans. This should be a new tradition. [EOTP]
Around the League and Elsewhere
- An art critic attends a Buffalo Sabres - Arizona Coyotes game. It's well worth a read. [Storify]
In this week's edition of "lol leafs" news, Phil Kessel and David Booth got into a fight at practice before being pried apart by teammates. [Pension Plan Puppets]
But in Toronto's defense, sometimes the team does stuff like signing a young fan with Morquio Syndrome a one-day contract. The Leafs partnered with the Children's Wish Foundation to fly him in for a day with the team. [Pension Plan Puppets]
I will never get tired of articles situating his teammate's birth years within Jaromir Jagr's career. He played 452 NHL games before Aaron Ekblad was born, did you know that? I hope he becomes a hockey Obi-Wan Kenobi to young players, because that would be hilarious. [The Star]
"Analytics Pixie Dust Can't Assume Away Ovechkin's Glaring Deficiencies". You should read this hockey stats piece for the phrase "analytics pixie dust" alone. [Department of Hockey Analytics]