Morning Skate: Monday, May 14


Morning Skate: Monday, May 14

Montreal Gazette geezer Jack Todd says that its time to stop labeling Russian hockey players as selfish and lazy. Would it be rude to say that its time for Jack Todd to retire?

Larry Brooks says that Patrick Kane is going to start ruining his reputation with his Frank the Tank impersonations on college campuses.

The stakes are raised for the Rangers and Devils as they get ready to do battle with each other.

Wayne Gretzky gave Dave Tippett his blessing before he took the job coaching the Phoenix Coyotes, and its made all the difference in the world.

Tarik El-Bashir has the story of the Washington Capitals, and the offseason uncertainties that await them after a solid showing in the first two rounds of the postseason.

Bruce Garrioch speaks to TV hockey analyst Doug McLean, who says that Daniel Alfredsson owes it to the Ottawa Senators to come back for one more season with the Sens.

Plenty of new questions for Alexander Radulov and the Nashville Predators now that another season has come undone in Music City.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski has the Three Stars from Sundays hockey action with Dustin Brown once again taking center stage for the Los Angeles Kings.

For something completely different, Aaron Sorkin gives a graduation speech to Syracuse University last week and its filled with some pretty good advice.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.