With this being the 47th anniversary of my birth on this planet (thanks mom!), we’ll keep it low key with the Boston Bruins talk today. Instead this day is about celebrating that it’s a shared birthday with Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who once inscribed an autograph to this humble hockey writer with a “You have a Hall of Fame birthday!” above his signature.
It’s one of the few autographs that I’ve ever sought out over the years, and I was lucky enough to be at Fenway Park with my son the night this happened at the Fens a couple of years ago.
Yaz. I’m not crying. You’re crying.pic.twitter.com/Cz4BAH1S89
— Honest☘️Larry (@HonestLarry1) August 22, 2021
Good stuff. So in lieu of any birthday wishes or gifts, how about clicking on a few of the links below and enjoying the rest of your weekend.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Did any of us think a proud guy like Zdeno Chara was ever going to actually play for the Boston Bruins after they said “thanks, but no thanks” to him last offseason by offering him a reduced role? Ummm, no. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Entertaining journey on the path of Jason Dickinson to the Vancouver Canucks by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rob Simpson and how it was inexorably linked to the Maple Leafs first round collapse to the Boston Bruins in 2013. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
*What is Kris Letang’s next contract going to look like? It’s a legitimate question given all the money getting thrown around at top NHL defenseman right now, but his age (he turns 35 next season) means it’s going to be manageable for the Penguins. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*Detroit Red Wings Assistant GM Pat Verbeek is also going to be the general manager for the Grand Rapids Griffins as they get all their ducks into place for this coming season. (Detroit Hockey Now)
*David Savard said the Canadiens are planning to return to the Stanley Cup Final and win it this time after he’s changed from the Lightning to the Habs this offseason. (The Score)
*Larry Brooks has a tribute to King Henrik on the news of his retirement and looks at how he stacks up with other Rangers goaltending greats. (New York Post)
*For something completely different: Can’t wait to see this Larry David/Alan Dershowitz dust-up recreated on Curb Your Enthusiasm. (Boston.com)