Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 3


Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 3

Nick Cotsonika from Yahoo! Sports pens a column about the NHL reducing the ban on Raffi Torres, and the reasons behind it.

Andrew Raycroft signs with an Italian hockey team thats attempting to get into the KHL this season. Okay then. Meanwhile Tuukka Rask is prepping to become the No. 1 goal for the Bruins this season. Not a bad trade, that one.

The Ottawa Senators are hanging in there on Daniel Alfredssons decision on whether or not he wants to play in the NHL next season.

The Flyers organization among a handful are waiting for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to make a decision on their free agent destinations.

Carey Price signs a six-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens that will keep him as Bruins Enemy No. 1 for quite some time.

According to his agent, Shane Doans decision may exceed the July 9 deadline hed originally set for a decision. Ive heard the same thing, and Ive also heard theres a chance he heads to Dallas with Ray Whitney.

The Calgary Flames are mulling over signing Jarome Iginla to an extension that will keep him in Calgary. If Iginla wants to win a Cup he will run out of Calgary as quickly as he can.

For something completely different: some cool one take videos that were Marvel Comics off-shoots of The Avengers summer blockbuster.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

David Backes out at least 2 more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


David Backes out at least 2 more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.