Haggerty's Morning Skate: Reilly Smith pumped to be Panther

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Haggerty's Morning Skate: Reilly Smith pumped to be Panther

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wishing that Tim Thomas was still with the Bruins so I could ask him about a protective wall along the US/Canada border.

*Reilly Smith is excited to join the Florida Panthers, and says that nobody wanted to play them at the end of the last season. It’s pretty clear the Bruins didn’t want to play them anyway.

*Former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie says that the neighbors that lived around Tyler Seguin in Toronto aren’t too happy this summer. That should come as a big shock to the people that used to live around him in Charlestown.

*PHT writer Ryan Dadoun has Milan Lucic joking about running through Tuukka Rask “like I did to another goalie” during a candid interview with Vancouver radio. I guess he still thinks knocking over Ryan Miller was pretty funny.

*Jim Matheson says the road to the NHL is often bumpy for any number of young hockey players coming up through the ranks.

*Marcel Goc has signed a five-year deal to presumably end his pro hockey career playing in Germany.

*Here are five reasons to get excited for the Calgary Flames in September and I’m willing to bet that Dougie Hamilton is one of them.

*For something completely different: the whole saga with El Presidente video-bombing ESPN talent at the Brady hearing was bordering on epic.

 

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?