Morning Skate: Friday, June 1


Morning Skate: Friday, June 1

A great piece in the New York Times on NBC play-by-play guy Mike Emrick as hockeys maestro of the microphone. Hes a gentleman and a class act.

Bill Plaschke bumps into Bernie Nicholls and wrote a column about it. Want to hear it? Here it goes

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jess Spector writes a column in Nicklas Lidstrom retiring and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty rising up the ranks in his first Stanley Cup Finals.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys says that the Los Angeles Kings might be interested in Zach Parise if he gets to free agency. Welcome to the other 28 teams licking their chops if Parise gets to free agency.

Former BU hockey player Max Nicastro was cleared of rape charges after the campus was rocked by several incidents during last season.

So thats why Marian Gaborik looked like a ghost during the playoffs. It sounds like hes in line for rotator cuff surgery this offseason.

For something extremely different: Charlie Sheen is backing Pekka Rinne for a videogame cover. Winning!

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while sorting through all the Bruins-related alternative facts out there.

*Matthew Tkachuk is having some disagreements with his parents about his mouth-guard usage with the Calgary Flames.

*Former Yotes D-man Keith Yandle says that the Arizona Coyotes “know what they’re doing” despite their decent to the cellar in the Western Conference.

*Insights on every goaltending situation in the NHL from the crack staff breaking down the fantasy rankings.

*The struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they can’t seem to gain any traction in the Atlantic Division.

*Wayne Simmonds took the blame for a late penalty that led to Philly’s undoing as they battle for playoff position in the East.

*Sounds like Patrik Laine might be nearing a return to the lineup, and that’s a very good thing for the Winnipeg Jets.

*For something completely different: We have a title for the next Star Wars film. It’s going to be called “The Last Jedi.”

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- A day after exiting a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with complications from migraines, Tuukka Rask was missing from a full Bruins team practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to Tuesday night’s home date against the Detroit Red Wings.

Rask pulled himself out of the game midway through the second period with his team trailing after he’d stopped 20-of-22 shots, and was motioning toward his eyes as he exited for the Bruins dressing room. The Bruins goalie confirmed to reporters following the deflating loss that he indeed was suffering from ocular issues consistent with migraines, the same issue that knocked him out of a home loss to the Rangers a couple of years ago.

The Bruins brought in an emergency goalie to practice with the team on Monday along with backup netminder Zane McIntyre, who allowed three goals in the third period on the way to the Bruins imploding in Pittsburgh.

Both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller returned to practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins coaches shook up the forward lines after they were only able to cobble together one goal on 45 shots on Sunday afternoon. Torey Krug was also missing from practice along with Rask.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Monday morning’s practice that started roughly an hour late due to the team doing some video work together:







K. Miller-C. Miller