Morning Skate: Wednesday, May 16


Morning Skate: Wednesday, May 16

No matter what Dave Stubbs is writing about, Im buying and reading it. Here he is going in the way-back machine to talk about the heckling and wrath thats commonly wrought at Madison Square Garden during hockey games.

Im glad somebody else wrote about the myth of the blocked shot because its been one of the more irritating developments this spring. Wow, teams that want to win the Cup are stepping in front of more shots. Duh.

Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts on the CBC website, and says that the Patrick Kane pattern of conduct -- or lack thereof -- could be coming to a head in Chicago.

David Haugh says that the Blackhawks trading Kane would be a gigantic mistake. Hes still immensely talented and only 23 years old, but either way its time for him to grow up.

The CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting a college hockey tournament next year that includes Robert Morris University and Penn State. Good stuff.

Its been 60 years for Hockey Night in Canada and theyre going just as strongly now as they ever did before.

Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth is being criticized for bagging bears in Alberta while hunting from a tree. I seem to remember that Tim Thomas did the very same thing a few years back.

A nice piece by Michael Farber on John Tortorella as a Man in Full while coaching his New York Rangers through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

For something completely different: new pictures emerging from the cast and crew of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It seems every other picture is of Carrie Fisher making out with one creature or another, doesnt it?

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.

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


Backes out at least two 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.