Morning Skate: Thursday, August 23


Morning Skate: Thursday, August 23

A Hockey Essentials guide to the UMass-Lowell hockey program in an homage to the Puck Daddy NHL essential blog posts.

Taylor Hall gets a seven-year deal that will pay him around 6 million per season, and sets up another comparable that shows exactly how much money Tyler Seguin can expect to command in a similar CBA climate.

Lancy Hornby of the Toronto Sun senses frustration over the NHL labor talks, and his senses appear to be dead on the mark.

The 10 most likely NHL players to retire if the 2012-13 season is wiped off the books, per Adam Proteau of the Hockey News. There are no Bruins on the list and Jaromir Jagr is the top candidate.

Some interesting tweets from NHL agent Allen Walsh on Wednesday concerning the NHL and TV rightsfees with a hat tip to my friends at Kuklas Korner for putting it all together.

Calgary Flames employees have been told to prepare for layoffssalary ramifications if an NHL lockout becomes a reality. These are the type of innocent bystanders when millionaires and billionaires start fighting over money.

Dan Rosen has the latest on diving and embellishment getting wiped off the face of the earth by Colin Campbell and the NHL or at least being harshly penalized anyway.

For something completely different: great piece from Chad Finn about perception, Dustin Pedroia and the importance he not go down the same road as Nomar Garciaparra. Dont see it happening with Pedroia because hes a much different guy than Nomar, and much more of a team leadercharacter guy.

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener


Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?


Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.