Morning Skate: Thursday, January 17


Morning Skate: Thursday, January 17

Kevin Allen from the USA Today goes through the NHLs top 10 storylines for the NHL season with opening weekend upon us.

The Montreal Canadiens are looking to have a big rebound year after a tough season at the Bell Centre last year.

Big, tough forward Tom Wilson wont make the Washington Capitals roster this season despite a good showing in training camp.

The painful memories of last years playoff defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers still gnaws at all the Penguins players.

The NHL has issued an apology to all 30 cities with a league franchise and its appearing in newspapers all over the country today. It essentially says were sorry and we cant wait to get going and thats about all any fan wants to hear.

Ilya Kovalchuk is back from Mother Russia and has hit the ice running with the rest of his New Jersey Devils teammates . . . it will be a big year for them.

Nick Cotsonika checks in with St. Louis Blues training camp and thinks that franchise is ready to do whatever it takes to bring home their first Stanley Cup.

For something completely different: Alleged imaginary girlfriends that are dead cant be doing much for your draft stock, can it?

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.