Haggerty's Morning Skate: Friday, June 6

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Friday, June 6
June 6, 2014, 12:00 pm
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*A transcript of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's  comments to reporters at the Stanley Cup Final, in a wide-ranging session that covered a big number of league topics.

*Tim Cowlishaw says the NHL is the best it has been in two decades, and the great playoff season has been icing on the cake.

*Paul Stewart gives his take on the goings on with penalty calls during the playoffs, a topic he certainly has plenty to offer on.

*A list of the best and worst moves for former Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford, who was just named GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

*PHT writer Ryan Dadoun has Darryl Sutter saying that Drew Doughty still has “a long way to go” to reach his ultimate potential as an NHL player. I’d agree with Sutter, but there’s also the simple fact that Doughty will always be a high risk, high reward player capable of some astounding things offensively.

*Marian Gaborik says he wants to be the host of the Stanley Cup party this year in Slovakia rather than friends Zdeno Chara and Marian Hossa.

*Brian Burke held court with reporters on Thursday, and laid waste to the Saddledome among other things in his always entertaining commentary.

*The Los Angeles Kings are all about winning and results, as opposed to some of their Pacific Division brethren that haven’t achieved the final results that the Kings have over the last few years.

*For something completely different: a 93-year-old former paratrooper recreates his D-Day moment 70 years later on Utah Beach. Everybody should take a few moments to remember and salute the Greatest Generation of Americans to ever live, and the freedom they continued to secure with their sacrifices.