Haggerty's Morning Skate: Monday, August 4

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Monday, August 4
August 4, 2014, 10:15 am

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on Jon Cooper and the Tampa Bay Lightning hoping to take a modest, low profile headed into this season.

*Former Carolina Hurricanes execs Jim Rutherford and James Karmanos have been reunited in Pittsburgh with the Penguins.

*Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets are far apart on a contract to re-sign the standout scorer, and it’s been one of the storylines of the summer for a Columbus team that is on the rise.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Katie Baker has a good piece that I missed the first time around on Alex Ovechkin’s strange season.

*The OHL is under the microscope as to whether they should be subject to the Canadian child labor laws.

*Craig Custance from ESPN.com talked to a number of NHL execs about the NHL’s top franchise players. Tuukka Rask made the cut along with Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar and Sidney Crosby, but Patrice Bergeron didn’t receive even a single vote. I find that pretty surprising.

*For something completely different: a man fakes his own death to get out of a cell phone service contract. That’s pretty extreme. H/t to Rick Racela for the original tweet on this bizarre story.