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BHN Puck Links: Georges Laraque Is Getting Ready to Fight Mike Tyson?



Here’s a spin around the NHL with the Puck Links for Election Day. Let’s all be safe out there and do the right thing for everybody in America. Let’s also hope nobody does the Kool-Aid guy celly like this guy if their candidate is finally announced the winner.

As always there is plenty going on around the world of hockey with a regular season start date still to be announced. On to the links:

*This absolutely caught my eye on Monday. Apparently, former NHL enforcer and “Goon” actor Georges Laraque is in contact with former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson about a boxing match between the two as Tyson works on a boxing comeback at 54 years old. According to this article based on a French radio interview given by the 43-year-old Georges Laraque, he said a match between him and Tyson is “75 percent done.” I am not big on paying for pay-per-view boxing these days because the matches just aren’t worth it, but you will get my money if Georges Laraque and Tyson get into the squared circle to throw some haymakers. This would be amazing. (Bar Down)

*Could Zdeno Chara end up signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning if things don’t wind up working out with the Bruins on a contract? Say it ain’t so, Murph! (Boston Hockey Now)

*Why hasn’t an NHL team gone the offer sheet route this offseason with potential impact players like Mikhail Sergachev out there? A juicy offer sheet could cripple the defending Stanley Cup champ Tampa Bay Lightning if they were forced to match it. The only excitement we’ve had recently was the brief dalliance between the Montreal Canadians and Sebastian Aho, but there hasn’t been a successful offer sheet raid of an RFA since way, way back in 2007. (NHL Rumors)

*Great interview with Ryan Donato and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Brodie Brazil about Donato’s days as the son of an NHL player, and the story behind his baby-faced picture with Jumbo Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov from his dad’s Bruins days. (NBC Bay Area)

*There is some tough Dallas Stars news with the delay of a hip surgery for Tyler Seguin, but there is a silver lining to it all. This takes me back to the chatter in Seguin’s early days with Boston that he had some kind of hip situation that the B’s medical staff determined would lead to some hip issues later on in his hockey career. Guess they were right. (Pro Hockey Talk)

*The World Junior roster projections are out and it looks like it’s going to be bare of Bruins prospects aside from former first round pick John Beecher on Team USA. It looks like the big-bodied Beecher will be a third or fourth line center for Team USA if the tournament ends up happening. (The Athletic)

*Interesting perspective on NHL agents and which of them hit it big this offseason when contracts, and therefore agent fees, were way down due to COVID-19 and the flat cap. Hat tip to PuckPedia, which has the agent leaderboard as part of their website. (Sports Agent Blog)

*For something completely different: SNL alum gives the origin story of the hilarious Sean Connery impression he did in Saturday Night Live. RIP to the dearly departed Connery, the coolest James Bond there ever was. (Hollywood Reporter)

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