Morning Skate: Thursday, October 4


Morning Skate: Thursday, October 4

The NHL lockout? Its all about dollars and cents. To think anything else would be uncivilized according to the New York Post.

Good Will Hunting has gone all street hockey in my CSN partner Danny Picards documentary about the Southie 3-on-3 Street Hockey tournament. Entertaining stuff, but I was left disappointed when nobody dropped the How do you like them apples? bomb at some point in the proceedings. Check it out.

Stupidity and selfishness are defining the NHL labor talks at this point, and there doesnt seem to be any reason to think things are going to change. Thats a damned shame.

NHL players have stowed away rainy day funds with the idea that another year-long lockout could be happening if things dont break the right way over the next few months. It sounds like they certainly learned from last time.

The European trip plans of both Daniel Briere and Scott Hartnell are updated by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tim Panaccio at

Good buddy Steve Dangle chronicles the war of words between Dallas Eakins and Don Cherry, and some of the truth behind Grapes battles with the Leafs organization over the years.

The fans have the power in this CBA battle, according to the Montreal Gazette, and its up to them to start using it to get what they want: NHL hockey back much sooner rather than later.

For something completely different: Apparently Liam Neeson isnt a big NFL football fan and probably shouldnt be put on live television anymore.

Morning Skate: Flames land Hamonic in trade with Islanders

Morning Skate: Flames land Hamonic in trade with Islanders

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while touching back down from the Windy City of Chicago.


*The Calgary Flames step away as one of the big winners in the NHL Draft weekend after securing defenseman Travis Hamonic on Day 2 of the festivities.


*Here’s a good piece on a Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, and the lengths that hockey families will go to better their career chances.


*Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion sure sounds like a guy that’s working to try and deal Dion Phaneuf away from the Sens, doesn’t he?


*Cool story about the second round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, and a family background that is just going to become more and more commonplace as time goes by. Congrats to the family on what must have been a great weekend in Chicago.


*The Flyers are loading up on draft picks and trading some veterans, but don’t dare call it a rebuild in Philadelphia.


*Speaking of picks from Saturday’s second day of the draft, the Blue Jackets actually drafted a kid from the same hometown in the French Alps, Grenoble, as Andre the Giant. That is pretty damn noteworthy.  


*For something completely different: I’d always wondered about the backstory with the father in the Toy Story movies, and this is certainly a major bummer of a background story.

Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac


Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

CHICAGO – The Bruins finished up their 2017 NHL Draft class with a bit of a project, but a 6-foot-5 defenseman with some great skating wheels is a pretty good way to go with a seventh round pick. The B’s nabbed Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac with the 204th pick in the draft, and admitted afterward that he’s an ultra-big bodied player that could take some time in the development process.

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley said Boston is more than happy to be patient with Bukac given the tools that he’s working with as an 18-year-old prospect. Bukac had two goals and 17 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes in his first season in North America after coming over from the Czech Republic, and Bradley said that B’s scouts noted that he continued to improve and get comfortable as the season wore on.

"He's raw. He's a project. [He’s a] kid from the Czech Republic that played in the Western Hockey League,” said Bradley. “At the start of the year - he's come leaps and bounds with his development. Talking to the people - the coaches, the management, and the GM in Brandon, they're very excited about him coming back to Brandon. They're expecting big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp."

Bukac is starting to garner some good international experience after playing for the Czechs in the Under-18’s and the Ivan Hinkla Tournament, but this weekend it was all about his addition to the talented group of Bruins prospects in the hockey world.

"I'm so excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins," said Bukac, who described himself as a solid two-way defenseman with a good first pass. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so glad that I was drafted by Boston."