Morning Skate: Monday, October 1


Morning Skate: Monday, October 1

Krys Barch has a glass of wine, sits by the fire and embarks on an epic twitter rant against the NHL owners and Gary Bettman that New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello cant be happy about.

Some have slammed Barch for being a whiny millionaire with poor grammar, but it sounded to me like a hockey player thats pained by something he loves being taken from him.

Some -- like Puck Daddy blogger Greg Wyshynski -- are also calling it a Jerry McGuire moment for the rest of the NHL players when their resolve is going to begin getting tested in early October.

Chris Kreider opens up in AHL training camp with the Connecticut Whale like so many other young NHL stars across the hockey world.

An interesting look at how the story developed that eventually led Detroit Red Wings executive Jimmy Devellano to get fined 250,000 for calling the NHL players cattle and the NHL owners The Ranch. The story all began with an innocent comment on Facebook.

Per the boys at Pro Hockey Talk, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle are looking at the bright side while skating in the AHL while the NHL is on lockout.

A Q and A with a labor lawyer posted on gives all the ins and outs of the lockout, and the reasons behind it.

Heading to Europe for the chance to play hockey offers a different experience for each of the NHL players headed there during the lockout.

Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster looking and scouring for more grit when the NHL finally goes return for the regular season.

For something completely different: Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a candid interview about his life and his mistakes in marriage, and he doesnt seem like a guy thats all that regretful. I would have loved if he just yelled Get to the Chopper! in the middle of the interview.

Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the proud ownership of this year’s Christmas tree in the Haggerty household some fifty bucks later. 

*Down Goes Brown provides a list of the five most confusing players in the NHL this season, and none of them are Boston Bruins. Hooray. 

*Bruce Boudreau makes the case to the Hockey News that Devan Dubnyk is more deserving of a Vezina Trophy this season than Carey Price. How about Tuukka Rask being more deserving than either one of them?

*An interesting look at the rough state of Maple Leafs goaltending right around the Tuukka Rask trade to Boston and the Vesa Toskala/Andrew Raycroft years. 

*A fun video piece with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau as they took a tour of Toronto together.

*Speaking of trades, the Philadelphia Flyers hit the jackpot with the Wayne Simmonds trade as he’s been a proud part of the Broad Street Bullies tradition. 

*Gord Miller is an excellent play-by-play man, and he tells some great stories of his life on the road whether it’s the NHL season or the World Junior tournament. 

*While the Boston University hockey team is a star-studded group with an amazing freshman recruiting class, Patrick Curry has been a player that’s quietly had an excellent season. 

*A few minutes with Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Kris Letang about a wide array of subjects including Mike Sullivan and concussion spotters.

*For something completely different: good interview with the former Flash, John Wesley Shipp, about his role in the newer Flash TV series, and the coolness of bringing back Shipp and Mark Hamill as their former characters.