Morning Skate: Monday, June 11


Morning Skate: Monday, June 11

Steve Simmons says that the Devils are keeping the chaos out of their room, and thats part of the reason theyve clawed back into the Stanley Cup Finals.

If its up to the Los Angeles Times, the Kings had better close things out against the Devils at home in Game 6 tonight or there might be trouble.

The Kings are 0-2 with the Stanley Cup in the building and theyll be looking to change that at the Staples Center.

Chris Stevenson says that porn star Taylor Stevens will get a second chance to distract Devils head coach Pete DeBoer and the rest of the Jersey bunch.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys wonder if Craig MacTavish will get a chance to once again run the Edmonton Oilers.

The SportsNet boys chat with Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan and find out that hes got a hockey stick made of Skittles. That sounds pretty awesome.

Will the great Toronto Marlies team that took the ice this season end up making a difference for the downtrodden Leafs? Its an interesting question.

For something slightly different: Bill Simmons daughter is disappointed by the Los Angeles Kings and her dad watches the Boston Celtics wither before his eyes.

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.