Morning Skate: Flames' Giordano honored with Ali Award


Morning Skate: Flames' Giordano honored with Ali Award

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while we quickly approach the midpoint of the summer. How the heck did that happen?  

*Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano is honored with a Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award in a pretty cool piece of recognition.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Michael Russo is about to head off on vacation, so here’s a primer for what’s likely to happen with the Minnesota Wild.

*Providence Bruins standout Wayne Simpson has officially closed the door on his P-Bruins time and signed a two-way contract with the Washington Capitals. It’s unfortunate that more experienced AHL guys like Simpson couldn’t get a taste in Boston despite playing well, but that’s a clear sign of the youthful talent Boston has in their organizational ranks.

*Marco Scandella is excited to play for the Buffalo Sabres, and for coach Phil Housley, after getting traded to Buff.

*Top Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat starred at Chicago’s prospect camp this past week and continues to show high-end potential in an undersized package that the Bruins passed on when they made Trent Frederic a pick at the end of the first round in 2016. Time will tell whether that was the right call, or not, for the Black and Gold.

*Former Boston College standout Miles Wood says he wants to be one of the big leaders for the New Jersey Devils this season as they look to make a jump in the Metro Division.

*The Carolina Hurricanes have locked up another young defenseman in Jacob Slavin to a seven-year contract as they continue to build something interesting in Carolina.

*For something completely different: Here’s a cool story about Tom Holland going undercover at a New York City high school to make sure he got the Spider-Man character right. Hard to believe that nobody recognized him there.


Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick


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?