Morning Skate: Monday, July 2


Morning Skate: Monday, July 2

Alex Semins agent has fired back at critics that were critical of the Russian free agent when his name came up on July 1 free agency day.A deep thoughts column about Zach Parise potentially moving to the Penguins as well as other issues taking place in Steel City.
Good piece by Eric Engels detailing how the changes in Montreals management are bringing about a tougher team to play against in the Canadiens.
Mike Russo has the Minnesota Wild making a couple moves while waiting for the bigger signings to sort themselves out.
Larry Brooks says that the Rangers are basically in a holding pattern and unwilling to give up some of their best players in exchange for Rick Nash in Columbus.8bHMAnother Staal signs a long-term deal with the Carolina Hurricanes, a nice place to live and play hockey according to all who settle down there.
Kevin Allen of the USA Today has the details from the opening day of NHL free agency on July 1 with Ray Whitney and Jason Garrison as the biggest names to sign.
The Buffalo Sabres sign man-mountain John Scott and instantly become a tougher team.
According to the Edmonton Sun, defenseman prospect Justin Schultz didnt enjoy the Lebron James The Decision experience.
For something completely different: tries to put together the pieces after TomKat breaks up.

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