The PHT Nightcap – Thursday, March 18th

We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand
it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the
day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting
the
Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

Ryane
Clow says he didn’t want to fight Morrow
– Clowe eventually fought
Barch after he took out Stephane Robidas.

Bruins
seeking payback could be nightmare for NHL
– Turns out, we didn’t
have anything to worry about.

Senators
need help to miss the playoffs
– They may not need much, but some
teams behind them have to start winning.

Tortorella
and Drury disagree on Rangers’ maturity
– Chris Drury looked to be
onto something.

Three
Bruins questionable with the flu
– You know, that “post-St.
Patrick’s Day bug that’s going around” flu.

Bruins
should make Pens pay
– legally – Once again, we really didn’t have
anything to worry about.

Seabrook’s
injury continues awful week for Chicago
– It’s not just the
goaltending that’s an issue for Chicago; they’re once great defense has
started to fall to pieces.

Does
the West have a ‘true’ favorite?
– San Jose and Chicago are far
from dominant late in the season. Is it Phoenix? It can’t be, can it?

Are
the Ducks completely delusional?
– James Wisiewski and Randy
Carlisle are not from this planet. I’m convinced of it.

Nicklas
Lidstrom: Still the one
– The reports of Nicklas Lidstrom’s hockey
death are completely false

Flyers’
goalie curse strikes again: Leighton out 8-10 weeks
– I called it.
There’s no way a high ankle sprain is just a day-to-day injury for a
goaltender.

NHL
hands Wisniewski an 8-game suspension
– Was it enough? I think so.

Matt
Cooke gets in a fight right away
– Cooke ‘paid’ for his
transgressions immediately, dropping the gloves and then getting pounded
by Shawn Thornton.

Cooke
gets a penalty for tripping
– This was about the most interesting
thing that happened in the game.

Quick
hits: Could 3D coverage give us Hockey-tar?
– The NHL in 3-D? Yes,
please.

Miracle?
Japan beats Canada in sledge hockey 
– I challenge anyone not to
watch a sledge hockey game and not be entertained.

Pens
win tepid bout with Boston 3-0
– About as anticlimactic as you can
get.

What
has happened to the ‘hockey code’ in the NHL?
– I am appalled at
the lack of respect that is being shown on a nightly basis around the
NHL.

Paul
Kariya scores his 400th career goal
– Congratulations to the future
Hall of Famer.

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    Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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    There’s nothing better than a Game 7, especially when a spot in the Stanley Cup Final is up for grabs. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins will battle in a do-or-die game for the right to play the San Jose Sharks with Lord Stanley on the line. You can watch the game via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

    Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh (8:00 p.m. ET)

    The television broadcast of Game 7 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the Live Extra app, click here.

    Here’s some reading material to get you ready for this one:

    Penguins, Lightning prepare for ‘roller coaster’ Game 7

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    Video: Brouwer was big for Blues

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    Troy Brouwer made quite an impression in his first year with the St. Louis Blues. After being acquired from the Capitals for T.J. Oshie, the 30-year-old scored 18 goals and 39 points in 82 games during the 2015-16 season. His eight goals and 13 points during the playoffs weren’t too shabby either.

    Brouwer took on more of a signficant role in the postseason. His points-per-game increased, his ice time increased and he was more productive on the man-advantage (3 goals in 20 games). While the Blues were fighting for their playoff lives in Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference Final, Brouwer contributed three goals.

    Now, the Blues will have to find a way to keep him around. His playoff success likely means that he’ll be expecting a substantial raise between now and the end of the league year on July 1st. Brouwer is set to become an unrestricted free agent on that day.

    Brouwer came with a cap hit of $3.66 million and it wouldn’t be surprising to see that number climb higher, especially if he hits the open market.

    The Blues also need to work out deals with other pending free agents like captain David Backes and Jaden Schwartz (RFA). There isn’t a ton of money left under the cap in St. Louis, which means that GM Doug Armstrong will have to get creative this summer.

    One of the things Armstrong and head coach Ken Hitchcock liked about Brouwer was the way he seemed to fit in right away.

    “He was on the team for a month,” Hitchcock explained earlier this week, per the Vancouver Sun. “I think my meetings were a little bit too long.  He told me it would be best if I kept them a little briefer.  So I knew he had a bite on the team right away. It didn’t take him long to get comfortable with us, which is great.”  

    How much will comfort count for in the off-season negotiations between club and player? We’ll find out soon enough.

    PHT Morning Skate: Jim Craig doesn’t regret selling ‘Miracle on Ice’ memorabilia

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    PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

    –These parents named their baby girl after Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. (ABC News)

    –The  hockey card that helped inspire a Tragically Hip song. (Puck Junk)

    –The fan who promised to get a tattoo of Gary Bettman if LA and Chicago were eliminated in the first round kept his word. (Bardown)

    –Watch the highlights from last night’s game between the Sharks and Blues. (Top)

    –Jim Craig doesn’t regret auctioning off most of his “Miracle on Ice” memorabilia. (Yahoo)

    –A Q & A with former Quebec Nordiques forward Peter Stastny. (ESPN)

    –Former Flyers coach Craig Berube breaks down Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. (NHL)

    Hitch: ‘I see the devastation in our locker room’

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    Despite a late comeback attempt, the 2015-16 season came to an end for the St. Louis Blues, as they lost the Western Conference Final in six games to the San Jose Sharks.

    And with Wednesday’s loss, the off-season will settle upon the Blues. It will be an intriguing one in St. Louis, starting with their head coach Ken Hitchcock. He’s on a one-year deal and he has already outlined that he’s fine with taking short-term contracts. But is an appearance in the conference final enough to solidify his place behind the St. Louis bench for next year?

    The Blues have, according to General Fanager, five pending unrestricted free agent forwards, including Scottie Upshall, Kyle Brodziak, Steve Ott, and most notably Troy Brouwer and David Backes.

    Backes, 32, is the team’s captain and coming off a 21-goal, 45-point regular season, which is a decline from the numbers — 26 goals and 58 points — he posted the year before. Brouwer, 30, enjoyed the best post-season of his career, with eight goals and 13 points in 20 games, and he could potentially cash in on that this summer.

    However, while there are questions ahead for the Blues, the emotional toll this loss took was clear.

    “I see the devastation in our locker room right now. Guys aren’t even able to speak. I’m more worried about our guys right now, to be honest with you. We got some guys that are pretty shook up right now,” said Hitchcock to reporters.

    “I’m not going to talk to them for a day or two. They need their space with each other. They’ve bonded together here better than any team I’ve coached in the last 10 years. They need their time together. They don’t need me interrupting them right now. We’ll talk at an appropriate time. But right now they need to be with each other.”