Morning Skate: Monday, Sept. 17


Morning Skate: Monday, Sept. 17

Bruce Arthur says that the NHL lockout was seven years in the making, and many feel this is simply Part II to the last lockout that cost an entire season of hockey.

James Mirtle puts together a procon list of reasons why the lockout will be short, and reasons why the season may be in jeopardy. What can I say? I like extremes.

Gary Bettman is speaking from the owners' hip pocket, according to a Columbus columnist that knows their year to host the NHL All-Star game might very well be in jeopardy.

Buffalo News writer John Vogl says there are plenty of victims of the work stoppage, and most of them arent being written or talked about.

Junior hockey enthusiast Dominic Tiano sits down with a billet family to give people a behind-the-scenes looks at how the dynamics work for a host family in junior hockey.

Larry Brooks takes out the carving knife in the New York Post and goes after the small-minded leadership within the NHL. That one is going to leave a mark.

Evgeni Malkin and many others are beginning a mass exodus of NHL players to Europe while theyre out a job in North American. It wont be long before many Bruins players follow suit and do the same thing.

Evander Kane signs a contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets just ahead of the NHL lockout, and was among the last to get in under the buzzer at slightly more than 5 million per season.

For something completely different: A deep look at the differing career paths of Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons following their roles on Friday Night Lights, courtesy of

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL. 

The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season. 

It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents. 

“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”

Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari. 

“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”

That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win. 

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.