Morning Skate: Friday, May 4

707952.jpg

Morning Skate: Friday, May 4

Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts for the week at hisCBC.cablog and shares that a number of other NHL GMs believe the Bruins are going to deal Tim Thomas over the summer. Those same GMs say there would most definitely be a market for the two-time Vezina Trophy winner.

Michael Farber has the story of Ilya Kovalchuk overcoming injury to power his New Jersey Devils to an overtime victory in Game 3 over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys say Kovalchuks performance is drawing world-class reviews, and thats at the other end of the spectrum from much-maligned fellow Russian Alex Radulov.

The Chicago Sun-Times has the story of Marian Hossa talking about his slow recovery from a brutal Raffi Torres hit on the day that the Phoenix hatchet man decided to appeal his 25-game suspension.

The Habs have put out a video introducing their new GM, Marc Bergevin, to the Canadiens fans in Montreal. He should be a very good choice by the Molson Family.

The buzz for the Los Angeles Kings is slowly building in Los Angeles, and theyre just one more win away from a berth in the conference finals.

Fluto Shinzawa from the Boston Globe has the Bs management disappointed in their first round exit.

For something com completely different, the real numbers behind the Red Sox sellout streak. Credit the DA show on 98.5 the Sports Hub for getting the ball rolling on this topic of conversation before it would end up in the Globe.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.