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Morning Skate: How good can the Vegas Golden Knights be in Year 1?

Morning Skate: How good can the Vegas Golden Knights be in Year 1?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while in wait-and-see mode for the expansion draft in a couple of weeks.

*George McPhee is bullish on the Vegas Golden Knights and just how good they can be as an NHL expansion team. They should at least be competitive right off the bat and that’s a distinct home ice advantage when road teams roll into Vegas, but it’s going to take a few years before the Golden Knights will be able to build something sustainable in Vegas.

*The escalating rivalry between PK Subban and Sidney Crosby is one of the real marquee things from this Stanley Cup Final…no doubt about it.

*The Minnesota Wild are facing some very tough roster decisions with the NHL expansion draft coming up, and that may be playing into the Jonas Brodin trade discussions with the Boston Bruins and a number of other teams. The Bruins need to be opportunists here and take advantage of some of these teams that can’t possibly protect all of their defensemen ahead of the expansion draft.  

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the details on a six-year contract between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

*A nice story here about Matt Irwin helping to replace hockey equipment stolen from a youngster from his hometown. As I said earlier this week, it’s great to see Irwin performing well after he was summarily dumped by the Bruins a couple of seasons ago after only a couple of games. But I don’t think the B’s should regret that one, even if he’s playing for a Cup. He was, at best, just a place-holder in Boston until these young Bruins defensemen developed.  Instead, he became collateral damage when the Bruins stubbed their toe out of the starting gate.

*Here’s an update on trade rumors Matt Duchene, Jordan Eberle and Alex Galchenyuk, who could all be moved this summer in a good market for forwards.

*For something completely different: Thanks to the peeps at Entertainment Weekly for providing a breakdown of the "Black Panther" trailer, which looks extraordinarily good.


Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks


Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.

Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.

David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.

Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.

Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks. 


Morning Skate: Blackhawks looking for right mix on fourth line


Morning Skate: Blackhawks looking for right mix on fourth line

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading. while readying for the last home game of the preseason tonight. Boy that went by quickly.

*Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is looking for the right mix on the fourth line for the Hawks.

*The NHL is coming late to the China party and it makes one wonder what will happen for the Winter Olympic Games set to be played there in 2022.

*PHT writer Adam Gretz has the Arizona Coyotes wanting to retire the freshly-retired Shane Doan’s number in the future.

*Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says that the decision to accept the White House’s invitation was independent of politics. Certainly, it was, but the timing of it and the feeble statement to go along with it left a lot to be desired.

*Pierre Lebrun goes 1-on-1 with Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien to talk about his past, his present and his future behind the bench with the Habs. I had always intended to subscribe to the Athletic, and this is the article that finally got me to do it as I get to read a few moments with one of the classiest individuals in the NHL in Julien. It certainly had a few rocky moments toward the end here in Boston for Julien, but I will always respect that guy as a coach and, more importantly, as a person.  

*For something completely different: an interesting look at Alejandro Villanueva, the only Pittsburgh Steelers player, and a proud veteran, to stand outside the tunnel and on the field for the national anthem prior to the Steelers game on Sunday.