Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 19


Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 19

A dozen gems in the NHL Draft beyond the obvious studs at the top of the list, and that includes some names the Bruins will be looking at.

Darren Dreger gives out the latest dish on NHL gossip and rumors around the league. Or should that be rumours since its coming out of Canada?

Barrett Jackman re-signs with the St. Louis Blues and continues to carry on the tradition as longtime Blues voice among youth and turnover.

The Big Lead details some news that the NHL flat denies: that theyre about to take over a New Jersey Devils team that is losing money hand over fist despite qualifying for the Stanley Cup Finals.

ESPN.coms Craig Custance lists the top 50 free agents available on July 1. Have to agree with my buddy Craig: Ryan Smyth would be a great fit if the Bruins can convince him to come East.

While some talent evaluators appreciate the defensemen-heavy class of talent, some scouts and NHL execs think this years draft class is horrendous.

For something completely different: Marc Cuban got burned by the Facebook IPO and hes not a happy man.

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.