Morning Skate: Lightning lock up Tyler Johnson to 7-year deal

Morning Skate: Lightning lock up Tyler Johnson to 7-year deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while most fine, upstanding Canadians are headed to their cottages for the next month or so.

*The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to get some pretty reasonable deals with Steve Yzerman signing Tyler Johnson to a seven-year, $35 million contract that keeps his skill in Tampa for a long time to come.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has an update on Drew Stafford with the Bruins, which is that the B's must first take care of David Pastrnak before they make a ruling on a UFA like Stafford. That tells you that the B’s aren’t all that interested in bringing back Stafford even though they’ve kept in touch. The B’s really can’t do much of anything until they figure out how much it’s going to cost to ink Pastrnak to a long term deal. I also think the B’s aren’t going to offer Stafford much more than a PTO at this point given how much they hope to have some young players fill into that left wing spot, and given that the rest of the league hasn’t barged down his door.

*I love the move by the Florida Everblades to offer Jaromir Jagr an ECHL contract and a chance to stay in southern Florida even if his days are done with the Florida Panthers.

*The Winnipeg Jets still have some work to do to settle things contractually with their remaining restricted free agents, even after a deal for Chris Tanev.

*The Arizona Coyotes have hired Pittsburgh assistant Rick Tocchet as their next head coach and the Penguins have promoted old friend Mark Recchi to replace him on the bench.

*Getting to participate in the Olympics apparently played a big role in Ilya Kovalchuk heading back to the KHL for one more season, despite some flickering interest in returning to the NHL.

*For something completely different: Boy, it sure sounds like Alec Guinness had a little of the Obi-Wan thing happening in real life.

 

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?