Morning Skate: Thursday, April 24

Morning Skate: Thursday, April 24
April 24, 2014, 2:30 pm
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 Joe Haggerty's daily spin around the world of hockey . . . and beyond.

-- The NHL playoffs are a war of attrition and nice guys finish first, according to Harrison Mooney.

-- PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Mark Recchi observing that the Vancouver Canucks have “lost that swagger.” I thought that happened when the Boston Bruins punched them in the mouth during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, but perhaps I am mistaken.

-- Alan Muir says it’s playoff time, and that means it’s time for Tyler Seguin to step up with the Dallas Stars.

-- Mike Zeisberger has the rested Montreal Canadiens sitting in wait, and staying ready to play either the Boston Bruins or the Detroit Red Wings.

-- Paul Stewart goes off on any pundit that thinks there is anything but straight objectivity when it comes to NHL officiating.

-- James Mirtle wonders why more defensemen aren’t considered for the Calder Trophy over high-scoring forwards. 

-- The video of Jimmy Fallon lampooning the Boston Bruins players if you missed it yesterday at any point.

-- For something completely different: Theo Epstein is thinking much bigger than a couple of crappy seasons for the Chicago Cubs.