Haggerty's Morning Skate: Wednesday, June 18

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Wednesday, June 18
June 18, 2014, 12:15 pm
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*In the interest of shameless self-promotion, my radio interview with 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich from Tuesday touching on the legacy of Shawn Thornton, Boston’s salary cap situation and potential offseason moves.

*Puck Daddy takes a look at how much bonus money the Los Angeles Kings earned with their Stanley Cup victory. One caveat: that money is usually shared with equipment guys and other team employees where a big lump sum can make a big difference in their lives.

*Ryan Dadoun has the Vancouver Canucks looking to speak with Rangers assistant coach Scott Arniel about their head coaching job. Scott’s nephew Jamie was a prospect in the Bruins system that made it to The Show during Jim Benning’s time with the Bruins.

*Kevin Kurz has Sharks GM Doug Wilson talking about serious rebuilding in San Jose, and that could mean some significant changes to their hockey club.

*The Montreal Canadiens sign Dale Weise to a two-year deal after the fourth line forward did major damage against the Bruins in the playoffs, and earned himself a spot with the Habs moving forward.

*The Hockey News provides a list of the top five NHL candidates for contract buyouts now that the offseason is here.

*Interesting piece from Dave Staples about Johnny Boychuk potentially piquing the interest of his hometown Edmonton Oilers, who are in the market for a big-minute shutdown defenseman. The Oilers have plenty of young talent they could send back Boston’s way in exchange for Boychuk, and the Bruins have a big surplus of NHL defensemen. That means somebody has to be traded from a team that is in danger of getting thrown into salary-cap jail. Nobody wants the odd man out to be Boychuk, including this hockey writer, and the Bruins would miss a defenseman that defines the word warrior. Still, he has the most value on the trade market, would give the B’s needed cap relief and only limited trade protection entering his UFA season.

*For something completely different: a great find of a letter to the editor sent to Stan Lee about a Fantastic Four comic book from the 12-year-old author of the Game of Thrones books.