Morning Skate: Friday, June 14

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Morning Skate: Friday, June 14

Bobby Holik tears into those calling the Los Angeles Kings the Flyers of the West for all of the ex-Philly players that won the Cup in LA.

A hockey mom runs out onto the ice during a youth hockey league game when a line brawl breaks out.

Mason Raymond is stuck in the rare cut-down arbitration case with the Vancouver Canucks after down season.

The Chicago Sun-Times has a very balanced, calm look at cheap shot artist Raffi Torres possibly getting his suspension reduced.

Toronto Maple Leafs great Mats Sundin may have to wait for a call from the Hall of Fame.

It looks like AHL rising coaching star Jon Cooper might be bringing his winning ways to the Edmonton Oilers.

TSN takes a look at some monumental busts for NHL teams with the first overall pick in the draft.

For something completely different: It looks like R. Kelly found somebody that can keep him from flying. The IRS says he owes 4.8 in taxes according to Rolling Stone Magazine.

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.