Morning Skate: Thursday, May 31

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Morning Skate: Thursday, May 31

Interesting Grantland.com piece about whether size really matters for players in the NHL. Id say no in the universal sense, given that there are more 5-foot-8, 180-pound players in the world of hockey than any other sport. But what do I know?

Good piece by New England Hockey Journal scribe Adam Kaufman on Chris Bourque fulfilling a lifelong dream with his trade to the Boston Bruins.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Nick Cotsonika with a good piece on Anze Kopitars overtime goal serving as the beauty mark on an otherwise brutal Stanley Cup Final game.

A list of potential head coaches for the Edmonton Oilers, provided by the Oilers Nation blog.

Kevin Allen from the USA Today writes that the Devils missed golden opportunities to take Game 1 from the Kings, and they may came to regret it.

Stan Bowman knows replacing assistant coach Mike Haviland will be crucial for the Chicago Blackhawks, and that begs the question why they got rid of a quality coach in the first place.

Steve Yzerman gives some thoughts on Nicklas Lidstroms retirement announced today by the Hall of Fame defenseman.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys says that the Calgary Flames will be hiring Bob Hartley as their head coach, which should make those reporting his impending job with the Montreal Canadiens very disappointed.

Great piece by FOH Alan Siegel on the Toucher and Rich show creating a unique niche in the Boston sports talk radio scene. Im very happy to be a tiny little part of their show, and not surprised by their success in the least.

For something.completely different: Arsenio Hall is in my house and hes looking for a return to Late Night. Whoop. Whoop. Whoop

Jacobs, Recchi, Andreychuk among HOF class of 2017

Jacobs, Recchi, Andreychuk among HOF class of 2017

New England has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, pretty much. 

The Bruins’ owner, two former Bruins players and one Hockey East legend are among those announced to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017. The full list: Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi, Teemu Selanne, Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.

Acquired from the Lightning at the 2009 trade deadline, Recchi played parts of three seasons with the Bruins, notably winning the Stanley Cup in his final season in 2011. Over 189 regular-season games for Boston, Recchi scored 42 of his 577 career goals. 

Andreychuk spent part of one season with in Boston, joining the B’s in 1999 but being moved to the Avalanche at the trade deadline of that season in the Ray Bourque trade. 

Kariya became the first freshman to ever win the Hobey Baker award, a feat he accomplished by putting up 100 points in his first of two years at the University of Maine. He got to triple digits again soon in the NHL, posting 50 goals and 58 assists in his second of nine seasons with the Ducks. He followed his Mighty Ducks tenure with stops with the Avalanche, Predators and Blues before retiring due to concussion issues in 2010. He finished with a point a game on the nose, putting up 989 points in 989 games. 

Morning Skate: Petersen snubs Sabres, Fleury pens letter to Pittsburgh

Morning Skate: Petersen snubs Sabres, Fleury pens letter to Pittsburgh

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the NHL pre-July 1 wooing period is underway.

 

*Another draft pick has snubbed the team that selected him after their college career, and this time it’s the Buffalo Sabres. 

 

*It’s a shame to see the demise of the CTV sports staff in Montreal. Brian Wilde is a friend and a colleague, and a voice on the Habs that deserved to be heart up in that city. 

 

*In an emotional letter penned to the only NHL city that he’d ever played in, Marc-Andre Fleury has plenty to say about Pittsburgh. 

 

*The Edmonton Oilers and Peter Chiarelli have signed rugged power forward Zack Kassian to a three-year, $5.85 million contract. Interesting risk here for a player that might be a fourth line guy, and has had some issues toeing the line in the past, but Kassian has been pretty effective for the Oil since they stuck out their neck for him. 

 

*Teemu Selanne is a no-brainer for this season’s Hockey Hall of Fame class, and that’s great. But it will be a crime if three-time Stanley Cup champion and high-ranking lifetime scorer Mark Recchi doesn’t finally get into the Hall this season. Seriously, Recchi has the credentials statistically, he has the Stanley Cups, he has the time playing with some of the greatest players of his generation during his NHL career and he also happens to have been a great person and leader on top of all that. If former Bruins winger Recchi doesn’t hear his name announced this season then something is seriously flawed with the process. 

 

*How exactly will the return of Brandon Saad impact both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane over the next few seasons? One would imagine it’s going to be a positive impact. 

 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman thinks that the Columbus Blue Jackets are making a push to be contenders, and will be in the mix for Ilya Kovalchuk. 

 

*Speaking of Blackhawks former Cup champs, Niklas Hjalmarsson is bringing that winning tradition, experience and leadership to the Arizona Coyotes now that he’s been traded. 

 

*For something completely different: What a crazy story this Han Solo movie intrigue has turned into, with reports that the movie’s crew “broke into applause” when it was announced that Ron Howard was taking over direction of the movie.