Morning Skate: Sunday, Feb. 10


Morning Skate: Sunday, Feb. 10

Former Bruins defenseman Jason York says that Erik Karlsson is simply the best for the Senators in his guest column for the Ottawa Sun.

Nazem Kadri continues to impress for the Toronto Maple Leafs in his rookie season, and was one of the Leafs that helped decimate the Montreal Canadiens on a Saturday Hockey Night in Canada game.

Also rolling for the Toronto Maple Leafs is James van Riemsdyk while Luke Schenn isnt exactly doing the same for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Anders Lindback and Mathieu Garon are both filling in nicely for the Tampa Bay Lightning as a new goaltending due to start the season.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chuck Gormley says that Capitals GM George McPhee demanded more results and less penalties from his Capitals crew, and they responded with a win under those conditions.

The Islanders blog, Lighthouse Hockey, is excited that Tim Thomas might reinvigorate the Bull Moose Political party if he ever actually reports to the Island for duty.

For something completely different: the Paterno Family has a response to the Freeh Report. They should probably just, you know, let things quiet down at this point. Maybe lay low for a while in a safe house.

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter for taking part in the Women’s March on Saturday.

*The day-to-day NHL grind may be getting to Jimmy Vesey a bit, and causing him to hit a bit of a rookie wall after his Harvard career.

*Alex Radulov has gone from being an NHL headache to being an impact playmaker for the Canadiens in a quick pivot for the Russian player.

*Melrose native Conor Sheary seems to have found a home for himself on the Pittsburgh Penguins skating on a line with a guy named Sidney Crosby.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are always looking to improve, and they’ve reportedly kicked the tires on Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar with Detroit.

*St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is nearing another coaching milestone in what’s been a long, distinguished career behind the bench.

*P.K. Subban is slowly approaching a return to the Nashville Predators lineup from injury, and the Preds need him as soon as possible.

*For something completely different: Greg Poppovich hits the nail on the head here, and it never ceases to amaze me that he’s such a smart, well-versed human being.


Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.