Morning Skate: Friday, May 11

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Morning Skate: Friday, May 11

Prized free agent to be Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter says that the next contract he signs will be his last, so that gives you an idea the kind of term hes looking for.

Ilya Bryzgalov opens up to a Russian newspaper and said that the 247 scrutiny no pun intended wore the Flyers goaltender down as the season progressed.

A good New York Post piece on Pierre McGuire and his unique position between the benches during NBC playoff telecasts.

Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter has made a believer out of his players and his organization as the playoffs have progressed.

Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi thinks the Northeast liberal intellects want to label the Sutter Family as stupid, according to the Pro Hockey Talk boys. Its more about the stunning lack of effort when it comes to showing an ounce of personality combined with the perpetual dour expression on his face. But maybe thats just me?

Adam Proteau from the Hockey News says that a DevilsCoyotes Stanley Cup Final would be a nightmare for the NHL, and its pretty clear any Final without the New York Rangers isnt going to wow the league.

Don Cherry defends his partner Ron MacLeans usage of 911 references during the intro to a RangersCapitals playoff game.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Stephen Whyno writes that the Capitals showed they can take the best punches of the Bruins and the Rangers, and then keep moving forward.

For something completely different: an A&E reality show is coming to South Boston called Southie Rules. It should be wicked good.

Morning Skate: Flames land Hamonic in trade with Islanders

Morning Skate: Flames land Hamonic in trade with Islanders

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while touching back down from the Windy City of Chicago.

 

*The Calgary Flames step away as one of the big winners in the NHL Draft weekend after securing defenseman Travis Hamonic on Day 2 of the festivities.

 

*Here’s a good piece on a Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, and the lengths that hockey families will go to better their career chances.

 

*Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion sure sounds like a guy that’s working to try and deal Dion Phaneuf away from the Sens, doesn’t he?

 

*Cool story about the second round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, and a family background that is just going to become more and more commonplace as time goes by. Congrats to the family on what must have been a great weekend in Chicago.

 

*The Flyers are loading up on draft picks and trading some veterans, but don’t dare call it a rebuild in Philadelphia.

 

*Speaking of picks from Saturday’s second day of the draft, the Blue Jackets actually drafted a kid from the same hometown in the French Alps, Grenoble, as Andre the Giant. That is pretty damn noteworthy.  

 

*For something completely different: I’d always wondered about the backstory with the father in the Toy Story movies, and this is certainly a major bummer of a background story.

Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

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Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

CHICAGO – The Bruins finished up their 2017 NHL Draft class with a bit of a project, but a 6-foot-5 defenseman with some great skating wheels is a pretty good way to go with a seventh round pick. The B’s nabbed Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac with the 204th pick in the draft, and admitted afterward that he’s an ultra-big bodied player that could take some time in the development process.

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley said Boston is more than happy to be patient with Bukac given the tools that he’s working with as an 18-year-old prospect. Bukac had two goals and 17 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes in his first season in North America after coming over from the Czech Republic, and Bradley said that B’s scouts noted that he continued to improve and get comfortable as the season wore on.

"He's raw. He's a project. [He’s a] kid from the Czech Republic that played in the Western Hockey League,” said Bradley. “At the start of the year - he's come leaps and bounds with his development. Talking to the people - the coaches, the management, and the GM in Brandon, they're very excited about him coming back to Brandon. They're expecting big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp."

Bukac is starting to garner some good international experience after playing for the Czechs in the Under-18’s and the Ivan Hinkla Tournament, but this weekend it was all about his addition to the talented group of Bruins prospects in the hockey world.

"I'm so excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins," said Bukac, who described himself as a solid two-way defenseman with a good first pass. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so glad that I was drafted by Boston."