Morning Skate: Thursday, May 31


Morning Skate: Thursday, May 31

Interesting piece about whether size really matters for players in the NHL. Id say no in the universal sense, given that there are more 5-foot-8, 180-pound players in the world of hockey than any other sport. But what do I know?

Good piece by New England Hockey Journal scribe Adam Kaufman on Chris Bourque fulfilling a lifelong dream with his trade to the Boston Bruins.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Nick Cotsonika with a good piece on Anze Kopitars overtime goal serving as the beauty mark on an otherwise brutal Stanley Cup Final game.

A list of potential head coaches for the Edmonton Oilers, provided by the Oilers Nation blog.

Kevin Allen from the USA Today writes that the Devils missed golden opportunities to take Game 1 from the Kings, and they may came to regret it.

Stan Bowman knows replacing assistant coach Mike Haviland will be crucial for the Chicago Blackhawks, and that begs the question why they got rid of a quality coach in the first place.

Steve Yzerman gives some thoughts on Nicklas Lidstroms retirement announced today by the Hall of Fame defenseman.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys says that the Calgary Flames will be hiring Bob Hartley as their head coach, which should make those reporting his impending job with the Montreal Canadiens very disappointed.

Great piece by FOH Alan Siegel on the Toucher and Rich show creating a unique niche in the Boston sports talk radio scene. Im very happy to be a tiny little part of their show, and not surprised by their success in the least.

For something.completely different: Arsenio Hall is in my house and hes looking for a return to Late Night. Whoop. Whoop. Whoop

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.