Haggerty's Morning Skate: Thursday, May 29

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Thursday, May 29
May 29, 2014, 11:45 am
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*Good piece by Kevin Kurz wondering if the San Jose Sharks would be better off parting ways with Jumbo Joe Thornton. It sounds like his “C” is going away at the very least as the team turns itself over.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sean Gordon has Alex Galchenyuk blooming into a breakout star in these playoffs for the Montreal Canadiens.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville raving about “maybe the greatest overtime he’s seen” last night in Game 5 between the Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. I’d agree after watching those two Western Conference heavyweights going toe to toe.

*The esteemed Helene Elliott says that the Kings lacked the desperation factor in Game 5. I’m not sure I’d agree on a game that saw them come back from 3-1 and go to double overtime before it was decided.

*Tomas Hertl is not a fan of Don Cherry, and says that the iconic voice of all things hockey doesn’t like European players. He is definitely not the only European player to feel that way.

*Interesting piece where a number of the New York Jets talk about their obsession with the Rangers' run toward the Cup.

*Interesting piece on the mindset and mentality of goaltenders, who as a group are known for their, well, eccentricities. And I say this coming from a family of goalies.

*Former Maple Leafs grinder Leo Komarov wants to return to the NHL, but it’s no lock that Toronto can meet his asking price after a season in the KHL.

*Interesting exercise here to pick six players for $20 among all-time NHL greats. I went with Ken Dryden-Bobby Orr-Scott Stevens-Johnny Bucyk-Wayne Gretzky-Mike Bossy as my picks. Leave your choices in the comments section.

*Who doesn't love more #Plekanecing? This should debunk the myth out of Montreal that this was just a Boston thing.

*For something completely different: US exile Edward Snowden speaks for the first time, so here’s an outline of the five most interesting things he said.