Haggerty's Morning Skate for Thursday, May 22

Haggerty's Morning Skate for Thursday, May 22
May 22, 2014, 11:00 am
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*Tony Gallagher wonders if the Vancouver Canucks are on their way to turning into a Boston Bruins-style hockey team with B’s assistant general manager Jim Benning taking over in British Columbia. That’s certainly possible, but Benning also had a fair hand in building a solid Buffalo Sabres hockey team that wasn’t exactly in the Bruins mold. So that might not be such a fait accompli in Vancouver, particularly given the existing pieces that Benning has to work with.

Both Sedin twins are signed for another four years at $7 million per season, and the Vancouver ginger twins really are the antithesis of Bruins hockey. It’s not good or bad, it just is...and it’s nothing like Big Bad Bruins hockey. Benning will do a good job of stocking the Vancouver system with quality, young hockey players, and that’s really his main job description at this point.

*Does Rick Nash have to win a Stanley Cup in order to reach the next level of stardom? That would certainly help.

*PHT writer Ryan Dadoun has Anze Kopitar saying that Drew Doughty is the L.A. Kings’ version of Nicklas Lidstrom. No arguments here. Doughty is awesome.

*Does the NHL have a future landing spot in Cleveland? I just don’t see two hockey teams in Ohio, and Seattle, Las Vegas, Quebec City and Toronto are all well ahead of Cleveland on the NHL waiting list.

*The Montreal Canadiens are relying on youth and unconventional moves from coach Michel Therrien. It has worked thus far. Still, that combination might run out at some point.

*The mayor of Thunder Bay, Ontario had a Habs logo painted on his bald head as the price paid for being a Bruins fan. It seems like Boston Mayor Marty Walsh might have gotten off a little easy in just raising a Habs flag at Boston City Hall.

*For something completely different: Mike Myers spends an entire interview talking about Kanye West and George Harrison. Weird.