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BHN Puck Links: Jan. 6-8 NHL Return Possible? NHLPA Right To Be Mad



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Could the NHL and NHLPA actually find common ground in time for an NHL Return somewhere between Jan. 6-8? 

In order for that to happen, one of our National Hockey Now sites says the owners have to admit their mistake and as others have pointed out, that mistake was expecting fans to be back in the stands so soon.

That, a not so promising outlook for the Bruins in the next three years and much more in your daily Boston Hockey Now Puck Links!

In a recent Sportsnet interview with Elliotte Friedman, Chris Johnston and host David Amber, Friedman said his ‘educated guess’ is that the NHL Return will take place between Jan. 6-8 despite the current labor strife between the owners and the NHLPA. (Sportsnet)

If Friedman’s prediction has any chance of becoming a reality, our colleague Tom Callahan says that the owners must admit they are completely in the wrong for trying to renege on the CBA they and the nHLPA agreed upon just five months ago. As Callahan pointed out, the owners and NHLPA signed that CBA almost four months after the Coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the world and the NHL paused it’s season as a result. They should’ve forecasted the financial ruin that they’d still be in now. I agree with Tom wholeheartedly and it’s a shame the players will be cast as the villains here. This won’t help the chances of an NHL Return. (Vegas Hockey Now)

As sports finance columnist Eric Macramalla noted recently, the owners somehow figured fans would be back in the stands for a December NHL Return and didn’t account for the COVID case and death rates to rise with a second wave, astronomically in the USA as it turns out. This miscalculation is why they’re taking the drastic measure of asking for money from the players. (Forbes)

OK, enough labor strife talk! Let’s talk some hockey, shall we?

Well, this won’t exactly cheer Boston Bruins fans up but as mentioned here by Joe Haggerty and me on numerous occasions, the Boston Bruins talent pool is not as deep as we were all led to believe by Bruins management and some local media. The Bruins ranked near the bottom in terms of prospect depth in a power ranking for teams that forecasted where each team would be in the 2023-24 season. (The Athletic)

Speaking of tough Bruins news, Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy on Torey Krug signing with the St. Louis Blues: “It [Expletive] sucks!” (Boston Hockey Now)

Are the Pittsburgh Penguins about to add a blue-chip prospect that went ninth overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Does one of the best power forwards in the NHL need a bodyguard? Friend of BHN Sheng Peng explains why up and coming enforcer Kurtis Grabriel could be an important factor in how many goals Kane can score for the San Jose Sharks this season. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Finally, Monday marks ten years since a Buffalo sports media legend passed away. Jim Kelley not to be confused for the Buffalo Bills hall of fame quarterback – was a throwback and a source of ever-lasting and comical stories. I had the pleasure of getting to know Jim in my early years as a puck scribe and I’m a better reporter and man for it! Mike Harrington remembers Jim. (Buffalo News

For Murph’s Music Pick Of The Day, I’m going to start featuring lesser-known bands that I know. Bands that don’t have millions to lay back on while the concert scene is on hold. The bands that play for the love of the game grind it out chasing the dream. So here’s a great Irish punk band I highly suggest going to see when we’re allowed back at concerts! The Peelers from Montreal, Quebec. 


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Rick W Murray

Get busy Sweeney!! The team you have now will have a hard time even making the playoffs! You added one player and lost a valuable piece of the puzzle in Torey Krug! Yes you are good at contracts, but you have a lot work to do in the trade department. You do not seem to be able to make the big deal. Also your draft record sucks! Get busy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by the end of next month will be too late!!!

John MacLean

The Bruins for sure need to develop young players. It’s good to see them break through.

I believe that the word “Peelers” comes from Robert Peel’s name. He was part of the British administration in Ireland during the early 1800s, and helped found the Metropolitan Police Service in 1829. He was likely involved in the creation of the Royal Irish Constabulary, and perhaps in the recruitment of the notorious “Black and Tans” during the independence struggle. I’m always interested in learning more about Irish history.

John MacLean

It seems that Peel dies in London in 1850, after the Famine. So he wasn’t around for these policing abuses in Ireland, in the period after World War One, but he had a significant influence on policing institutions in both countries.

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