Morning Skate: Monday, Sept. 17


Morning Skate: Monday, Sept. 17

Bruce Arthur says that the NHL lockout was seven years in the making, and many feel this is simply Part II to the last lockout that cost an entire season of hockey.

James Mirtle puts together a procon list of reasons why the lockout will be short, and reasons why the season may be in jeopardy. What can I say? I like extremes.

Gary Bettman is speaking from the owners' hip pocket, according to a Columbus columnist that knows their year to host the NHL All-Star game might very well be in jeopardy.

Buffalo News writer John Vogl says there are plenty of victims of the work stoppage, and most of them arent being written or talked about.

Junior hockey enthusiast Dominic Tiano sits down with a billet family to give people a behind-the-scenes looks at how the dynamics work for a host family in junior hockey.

Larry Brooks takes out the carving knife in the New York Post and goes after the small-minded leadership within the NHL. That one is going to leave a mark.

Evgeni Malkin and many others are beginning a mass exodus of NHL players to Europe while theyre out a job in North American. It wont be long before many Bruins players follow suit and do the same thing.

Evander Kane signs a contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets just ahead of the NHL lockout, and was among the last to get in under the buzzer at slightly more than 5 million per season.

For something completely different: A deep look at the differing career paths of Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons following their roles on Friday Night Lights, courtesy of

Morning Skate: Blackhawks get band back together


Morning Skate: Blackhawks get band back together

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while knowing that nobody will ever forget the courage and zest for life that 5-year-old Red Sox fan Ari Schultz showed in his far too short life. Rest in peace, little guy.  

 *PHT writer James O’Brien has the Chicago Blackhawks adjusting to the returns of both Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp after their short stints away from the fold. It will be really interesting to see if the Blackhawks can recreate their magic by bringing some of the past Cup pieces to the scene after last year’s disappointing end.

*Ilya Kovalchuk is primed for a return to the NHL in 2018-19 after playing one more season, an Olympic season no less, in the KHL.

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Arpon Basu chronicling the day with the Cup in Montreal for Marc-Andre Fleury.

*Speaking of the Blackhawks, it sounds like Jonathan Toews is going to scale back on the “Captain Serious” approach to his hockey career this upcoming season.

*Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee is pleased with the state of his expansion team after looking at some of the pieces, and doing a little wheeling and dealing after the fact. I mean, you have to wheel and deal if you’re a hockey team in Vegas, right?

*Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar is relieved his new contract with the Winged Wheels will allow him to avoid arbitration.

*For something completely different: It remains to be seen whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but we’re completely in a culture where media entities are writing full stories about posters. Okay, I think this is a bad thing and my mind is already made up.