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.
Looks like the Flyers could have injury problems on the blueline. No, we’re not talking about Pronger either. (CSN Philly)
Speaking of the Flyers, are they a team that has a reputation for diving? Bruce Boudreau thinks so. (OC Register)
The enforcer role is slowly being fazed out of NHL rosters. Adrian Dater thinks that’s a step in the right direction. (Denver Post)
John Branch takes a look back at Derek Boogaard and the life and death of an enforcer. (New York Times)
Todd McLennan planned on giving the Sharks a day off on Sunday. But after their lackluster effort against the Panthers, that went out the window. (Mercury News)
Do you want to know if the Detroit Red Wings may end up in the Eastern Conference? Could the Dallas Stars end up in the “Howe Division?” Here’s what realignment could look like. (Star-Ledger)
Is 20-year-old, Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman worth $20 million? Absolutely. (Tampa Tribune)
It’s going to take time, but the Capitals are already starting to show some signs that they are acclimating themselves to Dale Hunter’s style of play. (Kings of Leonsis)
We’re hearing plenty about The Nuge in the early going this year. But No. 2 overall pick Gabriel Landeskog hasn’t disappointed either. (Backhand Shelf)
It’s no secret that the Kings are struggling to score goals these days. But is that the coach’s fault or should the blame be directed towards players? (Surly & Scribe)
The last time we saw Ryan Miller in the net, he was getting hit by an opponent and trying to figure out what was going on while his teammates sat idly on the sidelines. On Saturday night, the Sabres proved that they learned their lesson. Check out the video:
Trevor Daley surprises young hockey players, firefighters with Stanley Cup visit
Daley’s post-season came to an end in the Eastern Conference Final when he suffered a broken ankle. His absence tested the depth of the Penguins blue line as the playoffs pressed on, but Pittsburgh was ultimately able to power its way to a championship.
When Sidney Crosby handed off the Stanley Cup, the first player it went to was Daley, whose mother was battling cancer.
“He had been through some different playoffs, but getting hurt at the time he did, knowing how important it was, he had told me that he went [to see] his mom in between series and stuff, she wasn’t doing well, she wanted to see him with the Cup,” said Crosby, as per Sportsnet.
“That was important to her. I think that kind of stuck with me after he told me that. We were motivated to get it for him, even though he had to watch.”
Ben Bishop enjoyed plenty of success during the 2015-16 season and it didn’t go unnoticed. That’s why the veteran was selected to be part of Team USA for this fall’s World Cup of Hockey.
Team USA is loaded in goal, as they’ll be bringing Bishop, Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick and New Jersey’s Cory Schneider. It’ll be interesting to see how the coaching staff approaches this situation heading into the tournament.
Even if Bishop doesn’t start every game for Team USA, he can still say he has a pretty cool goalie mask for the occasion.
On Saturday, Bishop took to Twitter to show off his new piece of equipment:
Frank Corrado should be used to waiting by now. He had to wait 28 games before the Leafs inserted him into the lineup for the first time last season and now he’s waiting for a new contract.
There’s still a gap between the two sides, but it doesn’t appear to be very significant. Corrado and the Leafs will head to arbitration on July 26th unless the two sides can agree to a new deal before then.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, The Leafs have two different offers on the table. One is a two-way contract, while the other is a one-way deal that would see him make less money if he sticks in the NHL. Corrado is looking for a one-way deal worth $900,000.
Frankie Corrado arb: TOR offer: $625K/150K for 2-way…$575K for one-way. Player ask: $900K.
Toronto scooped Corrado up off waivers from the Canucks prior to the start of the 2015-16 season. Despite waiting a while to actually hit the ice as a Leaf, Corrado finished the season with one goal, six points and a minus-12 rating in 39 games. He averaged 14:27 of ice time.
Splitting the difference would result in Corrado making roughly $737,500 next season.
After a few early exits from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the St. Louis Blues were finally able to make a long run. Granted, they didn’t win the Stanley Cup or make it to the final, but they did manage to reach the Western Conference Final.
Unfortunately for the Blues (and a lot of other teams), the NHL’s salary cap number didn’t increase very much and it forced the organization to part ways with a number of key veterans. Gone are captain David Backes, winger Troy Brouwer and goalie Brian Elliott.
There could be even more change between now and the start of the year, as Kevin Shattenkirk could find himself elsewhere.
Those key departures mean that the Blues will need some of their younger players to step up and take on more of a leadership role starting this fall. How will the team respond? Nobody knows, not even GM Doug Armstrong.
“It’s going to be an interesting case study on how quickly this group takes up the leadership,” Armstrong said, per the Boston Globe. “Can they do it in September? Or does it take them a year? There’s certainly a faith that over time, they’re going to pick it up without any issue. Obviously you want them to pick it up as quickly as possible. We don’t want to take any backwards movement in our organization. But sometimes you do expose yourself to maybe taking half a step back to take a couple steps forward.”