Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL. The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.
It was known when they signed him that the Columbus Blue Jackets wouldn’t get Nathan Horton right away despite signing him to a huge free agent deal. Horton had surgery Wednesday and will be out four-six months:
Less than two weeks later, the former Boston Bruins right winger had shoulder surgery to repair a chronically injured shoulder that was dislocated in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago.
The 1961 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup banner came up for auction recently and ended up going for a pretty nice chunk of change:
A 52-year-old original Chicago BlackhawksStanley Cup championship banner has sold at an auction for $37,500.
The Southtown Star reports the 12-foot-long banner fetched more than expected.
In an unexpected move, the Bruins fired their head of scouting in a move to “freshen things up”:
Fresh off their appearance in the Stanley Cup final, the Boston Bruins have fired their longtime director of amateur scouting, Wayne Smith.
Smith, who was one of Peter Chiarelli’s first hires after he took over as Bruins GM in 2006, was hired as a scout, then became head scout a year later and oversaw a department that had done a strong drafting job and signed key college free agent Torey Krug, who was an integral piece of the roster that came within a late meltdown of going to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
And finally, though I do believe he is the best player in the game, Sidney Crosby would win “Best NHL Player” at the ESPYs until he retires because ESPN doesn’t know a thing about hockey:
Sidney Crosbyhas earned the ESPY Award as Best NHL Player.
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