Morning Skate: Wednesday, Sept. 18

Morning Skate: Wednesday, Sept. 18
September 18, 2013, 3:45 pm
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* Sean Monahan has been excellent for the Calgary Flames as a teenager coming out of the draft, so perhaps those Patrice Bergeron comparisons were right on.
 
* Patrik Elias thinks that the addition of Damien Brunner will add some firepower to the New Jersey Devils.
 
* Harvey Fialkov thinks that Tim Thomas brings a level of competency -- and controversy -- to the Florida Panthers.

* Nathan MacKinnon has a new linemate at Colorado Avalanche camp, and continues to shine as a youngster.
 
* Matt Cooke is such a deplorable human being that he got Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero stopped at the border by an angry customs agent that wanted to rant about the former Pens hatchet man.

* It’s training camp for everybody: A TV broadcast of last night’s Bruins/Capitals game had a picture of Andrew Ference next to the stats for the new No. 21, Loui Eriksson.
 
* Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis gives his take on the media coverage of the Caps, and what prompted him to open the floodgates to hockey bloggers.
 
* For something completely different: Searching for the Holy Grail in Major League Baseball.