Morning Skate: Friday, July 13


Morning Skate: Friday, July 13

Jason Botchford writes with a lot of pride about the Vancouver Canucks, and bristles at the notion from one of his former teammates that Alex Burrows biting incident played a big role in their Stanley Cup Finals loss.

It will be Detroit for Tomas Holmstrom or nothing for the Red Wings veteran next season. So he wont be coming to Boston for all those that were asking.

Jersey tough guy Cam Janssen insults just about everybody in a podcast interview during the last week.

Chris Neil will be a Senator for life, and that seems like the right thing for the Ottawa pugilist.

The Hockey News Adam Proteau says that the CBA negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA are about much more than money.

The McGinn Brothers are looking to have a family reunion at Flyers training camp this fall.

Al Iafrates son appears to be a rebel just like his dad, and breaks an Adam Oates rule on the first day of prospect development camp.

For something completely different: Kevin Youkilis talks about how much easier life is for him now that hes moved on from Boston to the Chicago White Sox.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.