Haggerty's Morning Skate: Wednesday, September 3

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Wednesday, September 3
September 3, 2014, 11:30 am
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*A statistical look at Jumbo Joe Thornton, and more to the point in defense of the embattled San Jose Sharks captain. I’m not willing to go with a strict fancy stats argument when it comes to Jumbo, a nice guy and a talented player who will never win a Cup as the centerpiece of an NHL team.

*Hockey News columnist Adam Proteau wonders if Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin could pull an Ilya Kovalchuk, and take their talents back to Mother Russia.

*Craig Custance breaks down what makes the L.A. Kings so special, and why it will be an uphill battle for any other Pacific team to run with them.

*Angry bloggers are rioting in the streets of Philly after the Flyers signed Zac Rinaldo to a two-year contract extension.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer Mike Halford has some info on the bizarre, apparently mistaken report about Sidney Crosby getting arrested in Ottawa . . . when he was actually training in Vail, Colorado.

*Cool-looking new pads for Malcolm Subban down in Providence.

*For something completely different: Can we just skip ahead to the E! True Hollywood story on Justin Bieber already?