November 6, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Tuesday, Nov. 6

By Jesse Connolly

Selected first overall in 1982 by Boston, Gord Kluzak played in 299 games for the B's. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • Let the talks begin! Negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA are officially back on today.

  • Laconia Leafs forward Kyle Kreiner was named Offensive Player of the Week and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Gianni Paolo (Hope, R.I.) took home Defensive Player of the Week in the AJHL. Read more about their strong performances on the AJHL’s website.

  • Former B’s forward Derek Sanderson recounts his wild days in a new book.

  • Great piece from ESPN’s Katie Strang on how soon-to-be Hall of Famer Pavel Bure came to be drafted and the Russian Rocket’s subsequent rise to superstar status.

  • BC Interruption is counting down the victories until Jerry York surpasses Ron Mason as the winningest coach in college hockey history.

Quick hits

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted at 11 a.m. that Sidney Crosby and Craig Adams made “last minute” decisions to head to New York for the latest lockout talks.

  • At least one NHLer is telling you who to vote for today. Tom Sestito, who concussed Nathan Horton back in February, tweeted the following: “Get out and vote today we don't need another 4 years like we had #NoObama”

History lesson

  • On this day in 1990, the Bruins defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime at Madison Square Garden. But on a more important note, it was the final game in Gord Kluzak’s career. Plagued by chronic knee problems, the gifted defenseman officially retired one week later.

Entirely off-topic

  • Regardless of who wins the presidential election this evening, the whole world is still going to hell in a hand basket. One of the top stories on IMDB today? Honey Boo Boo got a pet chicken.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.