Morning Skate 513: Peverley wants Thrashers to stay


Morning Skate 513: Peverley wants Thrashers to stay

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Plenty of relocation talk in Atlanta over the last week where Twitter rumors and Internet whispers are running rampant that the Thrashers organization is preparing itself for a move to Manitoba. Thrashers blogger and team employee Ben Wright actually went on Twitter himself to debunk the rumors and assure that there were no organizational meetings taking place about a potential move to Winnipeg this summer.But theres little doubt Atlanta could be ripe for the relocation picking with the Phoenix Coyotes sticking in Arizona for another season, and the toxic cocktail of ownership problems and attendance issues crushing a flagging hockey franchise in an incredibly indifferent sports city.Bruins winger Rich Peverley played parts of three seasons and only one full campaign where he blossomed into a bona fide NHL forward with 22 goals and 55 points last season in Atlanta, and was clearly bothered by talk that the NHL wouldnt extend the same league protection to that city as theyve done for Glendale throughout their lengthy battle to remain in Phoenix.Just as Gary Bettman and the NHL acted as foster parents for the Coyotes over the last couple of seasons, Peverley rightfully asks why a Thrashers team with young stars like Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane couldnt have the same sort of efforts extended toward them.It would be a shame if they moved," Peverley said. "I think that situation with the organization can be resolved. If you only make the playoffs one out of ten years its obviously tough. With the ownership the situation of going to court for five years it really hampers the organization. What the NHL did for Phoenix hopefully theyll do the same thing for Atlanta because I think its a market that could definitely work.Some guys say it didnt bother them at all and during the season you dont think about it because youre not going anywhere. But some of the guys in the offseason, its in the back of their minds, and especially so for guys that have really planted roots there and have homes. I think that is something Thrashers players really do think about it.The real or imagined specter of relocation is looming over the heads of all Thrashers players, and that cant be a good thing for anybody.On to the links:One day after potting a hat trick against the United States in world competition, Jaromir Jagr-mania is running wild in the New York Times.Pro Hockey Talk has the story on the Mayor of Atlanta staunchly refusing to go through the same steps as Glendale to keep the Thrashers in the fair state of Georgia.Friend of Haggs (FOH) John Manasso has more on the Thrashers potentially uprooting from Atlanta for Manitoba, but says that the situation hasnt even begun to develop at this point.The Boys at Days of YOrr had way too much time coming up with a new billboard for the BruinsLighting series.A piece from TheHockeyWriters.comon whether the Bruins should consider benching Tomas Kaberle for the next round of the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Thats just not going to happen after the kings ransom Peter Chiarelli paid to Toronto for his services, and it absolutely wont go down against the trap-happy Lightning.The Wall Street Journals Kevin Clark searches for answers during a crazy, great Stanley Cup playoff season for the NHL.Steve Yzerman gives credit to the Tampa Bay Lightning ownership group for helping lift the Bolts out of the hockey dust bin this season.TSNs Darren Dreger has plenty in his latest report including the Atlanta situation, a landing spot for Jagr and what on earth the Flyers plan to do about their atrocious goaltending situation?WEEI.coms D.J. Bean said that David Krejci and the Bruins found inspiration in Journeys Dont Stop Believing. Dont stop me if you havent heard somebody get inspired by Steve Perry hitting his high notes is kicking off their mock draft season, and it looks like the Bruins will be getting themselves a defenseman with their first round pick. I think Ryan Murphy to Boston has a nice ring to it.

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Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?


Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while giving The Walking Dead credit for delivering a pile driver to me as a TV viewer last night. I did not see all of that coming.

*Plenty of questions and answers about the Calgary Flames as they’ve looked a little shaky in the early going this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has the Edmonton Oilers straightening things out after the brutal loss to Buffalo.

*NHL captains like Steve Stamkos carry the heavy weight of tradition on their shoulders as they go about their business.

*The Hockey News wonders if Patrice Bergeron is the best defensive forward to ever play in the NHL. I’m certain he’s in the conversation, but that’s a big, bold statement that deserves some heavy consideration. After all, he never had to defend Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe or any other number of offensive stars. I certainly think he should be in the select club he would join if/when he wins his fourth Selke Trophy.

*Minnesota D-man Matt Dumba was nearly scratched by the Minnesota Wild, and he says that he’s never going to let that happen again.

*The Anaheim Ducks placed Simon Despres on long term injured reserve as they try to stay afloat salary cap-wise, and avoid dealing off a player in-season.

*For something completely different: The Boston Celtics break ground on a new practice facility adjacent to the new Bruins place.

Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early


Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The B’s goaltending carousel continued on Monday with young netminder Malcolm Subban getting recalled by the NHL club on emergency recall after Zane McIntyre was sent back down to the P-Bruins on Sunday.

Subban started on the ice with the rest of the team at Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena along with Anton Khudobin, but the Russian backup goalie departed the ice early from Monday’s practice presumably with some kind of injury. 

Claude Julien said the Bruins would roll with whatever punches get thrown their way in the form of goalie injuries, but it’s reaching DEFCON danger levels if the Bruins are forced to start a goalie in Subban that’s been pulled in two of his four AHL appearances.

“Khudobin got injured and couldn’t practice with us, but I haven’t heard anything yet [on an update],” said Julien. “This is hockey. We deal with it on daily basis with the injuries. We wait for the news and then it’s about doing your job as it’s required. If we have to make some adjustments and have some different personnel, then we’ll deal with it when we have more of an update. Tuukka is still day-to-day, so nothing is changed there.”

Subban has been pulled from two of his four starts for Providence this season, and the former first round pick is 0-3-1 with 4.50 goals against average and .846 save percentage after coming back from last season’s fractured larynx injury.

Tuukka Rask was once again absent from the practice ice, and hasn’t skated with the team since last playing in Thursday night’s win over the New Jersey Devils while clearly dealing with a lower body injury. So the Bruins ended Monday’s practice with only Subban between the pipes, and a swiss-cheese-like blue shooting tarp covering the other net for the B’s shooters.

With that in mind, here are the line combos and D-pairings for Monday’s practice with the Minnesota Wild coming to town on Tuesday:







Liles-C. Miller



Khudobin (left early)