Morning Skate: July 16, 2013

Morning Skate: July 16, 2013
July 16, 2013, 1:30 pm
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*A guest column from Phil Pritchard about the time that the Stanley Cup missed his connecting flight.

*A very in-depth look at the market value of Marcus Johansson as it pertains to the Washington Capitals.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tim Panaccio chronicles the return of Ron Hextall as the possible new GMof the Philadelphia Flyers.

*A nice piece by John Buccigross from ESPN on the hockey upbringing, and sad early retirement for Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion.

*Evander Kane skates for the first time since undergoing surgery, and manages to not fire off any controversial tweets at the same time. Is it a possible sign of maturity?

*Jaromir Jagr puts out a bizarre video on his Facebook account, where he essentially says that the NHL opportunities might not be there for him. Put me on record for the last few weeks as saying that players like Jagr and Tim Thomas will have to play in Europe if they want to make any money, because neither of them will get what they feel is fair pay with the salary cap ceiling dropping for the 2012-13 season.

*For something completely different: Murray Chass really does a good job of pulling a crybaby act whining that soccer is taking up much of the space normally reserved for baseball in New York newspapers.