Haggerty's Morning Skate: Sunday, May 25

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Sunday, May 25
May 25, 2014, 3:15 pm
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* Marc Spector says that Canucks fans should be thanking the Boston Bruins for new general manager Jim Benning.

* The Los Angeles Kings are undefeated when Slash performs the national anthem at the Staples Center. This isn’t exactly Kate Smith-level stuff just yet, but something worth keeping the former Guns and Roses guitarist coming back for Kings home games for the rest of the playoffs.

* The Rangers and the Canadiens are “simmering” and sniping with each other ahead of Game 4 in their series. It should only get nastier given the stakes that are on the line for both teams.

* PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Joe Yerdon has Daryl Sutter pointing to Marian Gaborik as a game-breaking difference-maker for the Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik is exactly the kind of speedy, dangerous finishing wing that would look really good with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

* Legendary goalie Johnny Bower has a roadway named after him in Toronto. I’m surprised this didn’t happen 20 years ago, to be honest.

* According to reports, Barry Trotz is closing in on a job with the Washington Capitals despite there being no GM in Washington right now. Strange. I’m not sure I’d be ready to jump into that situation as a prospective GM unless some assurances were made about my ability to run hockey ops without interference.

* Craig Custance has a piece on Carl Hagelin, who has been a dangerous playmaking force for the Rangers in the playoffs.

* For something completely different: wondering if the superhero movie bubble is going to burst anytime soon.