Morning Skate: Friday, July 6th


Morning Skate: Friday, July 6th

Good stuff from Calgary radio host Pat Steinberg about the arguable approach that the Calgary Flames are taking to their off-season.

Team USA hockeys second-biggest victory aside from the 1980 Miracle on Ice as chronicled by The Hockey Writers.

According to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun, the Senators are in the mix for Bobby Ryan among a large group of other teams.

Jesse Spector puts together a solid post detailing why Bobby Ryan would be a more attractive trade target than Rick Nash. I think cap hit is one that Spector didnt focus on, but clearly is another big advantage in the Ryan corner.

The State of Hockey is manic in Minnesota after the Wild bring on board both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

The hangover feeling is brutal in cities like Nashville when the organization does everything they can to win in a single season, and still falls far short of their objective.

Roberto Luongo is apparently going to be sponsored while taking part in the World Series of Poker in Vegas. Who will be pumping his tires in Sin City?

Shea Weber needs some time to collect himself after coming to grips with Ryan Suter flying the Nashville coop, and that means perhaps he may be next.

For something completely different: The Onion has a winner with Keith Richards housekeeper bracing to see a dead body each morning since 1976.

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.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.