Morning Skate: Thursday, October 11


Morning Skate: Thursday, October 11

A rundown of my appearance on Toucher and Rich yesterday morning on 98.5 talking about the NHL lockout.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Katie Baker fills everybody in on the six people that youll meet in lockout hell.

Greg Wyshynski wonders if there really is a nuclear winter option when it comes to the NHL and each sides doomsday card they can play to blow up the season.

Tyler Seguin gives a 37-second interview with a Swiss reporter that could be turned into a sitcom. Give full credit to Seguin for smiling through it and trying to help the guy out. That is funny stuff.

This is something I wrote about a few days ago when I heard rumblings from some players along these lines: will NHL players be far less willing to market the game and smile for the camera after a bitter work stoppage?

Is there a curse with the New York Rangers? Its a legitimate question asked by New York Hockey Journal writer Eliot Olshansky.

Daniel Alfredsson is angered by the NHL tactics in the lockout, and it takes quite a bit to get the affable Swede all wound up.

Ryan Clowe tells ESPN.coms Pierre Lebrun that the NHL players arent cracking at all in their resolve against the league in their labor dispute.

For something completely different: Here are some long-awaited humblebrags on twitter. Got to love the humblebrag.

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.