Morning Skate: Saturday, April 26

Morning Skate: Saturday, April 26
April 26, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Joe Haggerty's daily spin around the world of hockey . . . and beyond.

-- Great article from Kevin Paul Dupont about the passion for hockey that Patrice Bergeron has fostered and developed since he was a little boy in Quebec.

-- George McPhee is out in Washington, so who will be the replacement GM for the Washington Capitals?

-- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin made no secret about his displeasure with the Leafs, and could be moving somewhere with Mikhail Grabovski in a package deal.

-- Sidney Crosby knows that he needs to elevate his game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, or the Penguins could be toast.

-- Hal Gill will be in for Niklas Grossman when the Flyers and Rangers resume their battle in the next game of their series. Gill has been a healthy scratch just about all season for the Broad Street Bullies, and is getting his well-deserved reward for being such a good soldier in Philly. Gill has really had a remarkable career after being something of a whipping boy when he was in Boston with the Bruins because he wasn’t a Zdeno Chara-style intimidator. 

-- David Backes is solid in his return from a concussion, but it wasn’t enough against Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks.

-- For something completely different: Why are women attracted to rock stars? It’s science, apparently.