Interesting talk about the potential for a temporary NHL realignment for next season with the all-Canadian division, and how it would impact teams like the Boston Bruins around the league. It would be fairly significant for the Bruins, who would at least start next season without playing games against usual Atlantic Division rivals like the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. It would be very weird to have a regular season without any Bruins/Habs games if it takes a long time for the US and Canada to figure out travel across the borders.
But it would potentially put a premium on the Boston/New York rivalry with the Islanders, Rangers, Sabres and Devils in Boston’s division along with the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) November 19, 2020
Interesting to see how it’s all going to play out, but it’s very clear that we should buckle up because it’s going to be another highly unusual NHL regular season. Now on to the links:
We’ve heard some long-distance trade rumors about Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin, so here he is chatting about the potential for a Canadian division. (Sportsnet)
*Speaking of Hanifin, Bruce Cassidy is definitely keeping the door open for the Bruins to make improvements on their back end. (Boston Hockey Now)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Lance Hornby has some details on COVID-19 closures and how they might heavily impact NHL travel for this season. (Toronto Sun)
*Fun piece from FOH Jeremy Rutherford on David Perron and Tyler Bozak and how they are filling their time as hockey dads while the NHL figures out the plan for this upcoming season. (The Athletic)
*Mike Modano writes a letter to his younger self in this enlightening writing device that we see from time-to-time on the Players’ Tribune. (Players Tribune)
*What does the future hold for Boston Bruins center David Krejci for this upcoming season and beyond? It’s an interesting question. (Pro Hockey Talk)
*For something completely different: David Harbour spills some of the details on Red Guardian in the upcoming Black Widow movie. (Comicbook.com)