Morning Skate: Tuesday, May 21

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, May 21

A good piece by the Capitals Outsider on Washingtons go-to guy for the media, Karl Alzner. I saw it firsthand in the playoffs. The guy can talk.

Ted Nugent howls out a rallying cry for Vancouver forward David Booth after he received some backlash for hunting bears from trees.

The Backhanded Shelf blog wonders if John Tortorellas habit of benching offensive players is costing the New York Rangers.

Eric Stephens from the Orange County Register chronicles the Los Angeles Kings attempting to close out the Western Conference Finals as the series moves on to the road in Phoenix.

Brad Larsen was promoted to head coach of the Springfield Falcons after a pair of seasons as an assistant coach.

The boys at Pro Hockey Talk deal out the blow-by-blow of Mike Rupps cheap shot at Martin Brodeur in last nights Game 4 win for the New Jersey Devils.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski has the Los Angeles Kings sending out tickets to Office actor Rainn Wilson in a jello mold. Perfect Dwight Schrute moment right there.

For something completely different: Jay Pharaoh hits a home run as Stephen A. Smith on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

For something completely different Part 2: Rolling Stone checks in with a review of last weeks Game of Thrones which should lead up to a pretty epic episode next weekend.

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?