Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 2


Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 2

Good buddy Jesse Spector from the Sporting News hopes that the NHL refines a few things the next time they hold a full preseason schedule after shutting things down this September.

Ian Mendes lets people in on the storylines that theyre missing without an Ottawa Senators training camp this fall.

Elliotte Friedman goes over some of the fine details that are currently being argued over by the NHL and NHLPA, and it illustrates just how far apart the two sides truly are.

Wayne Gretzky throws out the first pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game and spreads hope the NHL wont miss the whole year. He also has a good time catching up with the Blue Jays mascot.

Greg Wyshynski weighs on the talk of replacement players put forth by radio personality Billy Watters. Most dont think its even remotely possible, and it would put a permanent black mark on the NHL.

The KHL will begin broadcasting games on ESPN 3 beginning this week. Its only an online streaming service, but it could still reach over 60 million people starving for something close to NHL hockey.

For something completely different: Two perfectly good sports media types go ballistic over one topic. That topic? Ditka.

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.