Morning Skate: 58: The Hockey Moms get their day


Morning Skate: 58: The Hockey Moms get their day

By Joe Haggerty

It's hard not to think of all the hockey moms out there on Mothers Day while still in the middle of the Stanley Cup playoffs getting ready for the Eastern Conference Finals to finally drop the puck next week on Thursday or Saturday for Game 1. The hockey moms were always the loudest voices in my days of covering Massachusetts high school, and there was even one goaltenders mom that used to diligently check to make sure I had the proper amount of shots on goal after each and every period. Thats certainly an extreme, but theres also the case of one of my first cousins that grew up in a single parent household and still had the right goalie equipment, the proper support and a ride to every ludicrously early ice practice during his youth, high school and collegiate hockey career.Thats where my mind wanders to on a Mothers Day weekend between playoff series with some spare time to give credit where its due in the arena of the real world.A Happy Mothers Day to all moms, and a special stick salute to all of the dedicated hockey moms out there that were always sure their little skaters had a nice, warm hot cocoa and a supporting hand along the way of their puck careers.On to the links: Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal says that the Bruins might be in trouble against the Tampa Bay Lightning without Patrice Bergeron. NHL Sheriff Colin Campbell says that the league is going to start stamping the diving trend out of the playoffs immediately if not sooner, according to the Calgary Sun. Sean Avery lends his support to a Same Sex marriage bill circulating in New York City by filming a commercial to add his voice to the mix. The hockey guys at Pro Hockey Talk have Kerry Fraser talking about the phenomenon of referees and makeup calls in playoff hockey. An Edmonton Oilers fan goes back in time to warn his 2006 counterparts about the world of pain headed their way after Chris Pronger decided to leave Oil Town.When it matters most, says that Dwayne Roloson is there for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the numbers seem to back that up. The Bruins finally get their History Will Be Made moment with sweet victory in Game Four that eliminated the Flyers and dispels the ghosts. The Litter Box Cats blog is looking at the silver lining of the Florida Panthers' season. Idle Boston thought: Does watching Nathan Horton become a playoff hero count as a silver lining?Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter for taking part in the Women’s March on Saturday.

*The day-to-day NHL grind may be getting to Jimmy Vesey a bit, and causing him to hit a bit of a rookie wall after his Harvard career.

*Alex Radulov has gone from being an NHL headache to being an impact playmaker for the Canadiens in a quick pivot for the Russian player.

*Melrose native Conor Sheary seems to have found a home for himself on the Pittsburgh Penguins skating on a line with a guy named Sidney Crosby.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are always looking to improve, and they’ve reportedly kicked the tires on Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar with Detroit.

*St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is nearing another coaching milestone in what’s been a long, distinguished career behind the bench.

*P.K. Subban is slowly approaching a return to the Nashville Predators lineup from injury, and the Preds need him as soon as possible.

*For something completely different: Greg Poppovich hits the nail on the head here, and it never ceases to amaze me that he’s such a smart, well-versed human being.


Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.