Dany Heatley

PHT Morning Skate: Good thing Heatley isn’t in Ottawa


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.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s $4 million grievance against Dany Heatley is reportedly “inching closer” to being heard. It dates back to when Heatley refused a trade to Edmonton and thus collected an option for that aforementioned amount before getting sent to San Jose. So yeah … it’s probably best that Heatley is nowhere close to Ottawa this weekend, then. (Ottawa Sun)

TSN projects the roster for the 2014 Canadian Olympic team (if all is right in the world and the NHL decides to go, that is). Two inclusions that might surprise you are Jamie Benn and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. (TSN)

Check out this fascinating bit showcasing Brian Burke on the art of trading and how inexact that art can be when you have a blooper like “A second-round pick in Vancouver for Vadim Sharifijanov,” on your resume. (The National Post)

Wait, did Scott Hartnell just say that he “played swords” with Joffrey Lupul in the restroom? (Puck Daddy)

Following a familiarity-laced Fantasy Draft, we’ll take all the little bits of intrigue we can get, but this one has more legs. Will this be the only time Shea Weber and Ryan Suter wear different uniforms in 2012? (On the Forecheck)

Raw Charge asks: what would you change about Guy Boucher? One answer is not allowed: “His scar.” Seriously, I won’t allow you to choose that. (Raw Charge)

The Ottawa Citizen has video of the first day of the NHL’s Fan Fair. (Ottawa Citizen)

Brian Elliott’s All-Star journey isn’t the only amazing one. In fact, some might find Dennis Wideman’s even more unlikely. (The Washington Times)

More whimsy and perspective on Logan Couture going last overall in the 2012 Fantasy Draft. (Working the Corners)

The Blackhawks best enjoy their break because a nine-game road trip is right around the corner. (CSN Chicago)

Want an alternate reality, fantasy hockey-themed take on the fantasy draft? One featuring picks by your humble author? Well, too bad, click it anyway … (Rotoworld Daily Dose)

Patrick Kane’s streak hits 19 games, setting a new American record

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When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.

With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).

As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.

Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.

So, how would you protect a lead against the Stars?


You know what they say: it’s easy to bash a strategy in hindsight.

Slam that NFL head coach for going for it on fourth down … or settling for the field goal. Bury that MLB manager because he kept a pitcher in too long. And so on.

“Score effects” settle in during almost any lopsided hockey game, yet the Dallas Stars present quite a conundrum: what’s the best way to put a way a team with this much firepower?

Tonight may have presented the greatest evidence that this team won’t go away easy, as it seemed like the Minnesota Wild had the best of a tired Stars team* when they built a 3-0 lead.

Instead, the Stars scored three third-period goals while Tyler Seguin capped the comeback with an overtime-winner.

It was one of those bend-and-then-break moments for Minnesota. Dallas generated a 44-26 shot advantage, including a ridiculous 35-15 edge in the final two periods.

Does that mean that Mike Yeo may have tried to play too conservatively with a healthy lead? It’s a possibility.

On the other hand, would the Wild be wiser to try to run-and-gun with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL?

It sure seems like a pick-your-poison situation. Which way would you lean, though?

* – To be fair to Minnesota, each team was on back-to-backs.

Price paid: Devils come back against Condon, Canadiens

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If nothing else, the New Jersey Devils seem like they won’t be the sort of team a contender can essentially mark off as a “W” on their calendars.

The Montreal Canadiens may not be in a position to take opponents lightly with Carey Price on the shelf, but whatever the case may be, they saw their four-game winning streak end in frustrating fashion on Saturday.

After falling behind 2-0, the Devils scrapped their way back into it, eventually riding a John Moore overtime goal to a 3-2 OT win.

If Montreal needs an obvious bright side to look on considering this hiccup, Alex Galchenyuk‘s hot weekend may be a good thing to look at.

Tonight’s loss may smart a bit anyway, however.

Metro’s best? Capitals keep winning, pass Rangers for division lead

Jonathan Bernier; Matt Niskanen; Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau

If you want to summarize the Capitals – Maple Leafs game in one sentence, you could do worse than:

“Washington is hot as Jonathan Bernier is cold.”

The Caps reeled off a 4-2 win against Toronto on Saturday, giving them five straight wins. They also jumped into first place in the Metropolitan Division today, as they keep climbing while the New York Rangers are experiencing some growing pains.

Again, James Reimer can’t get healthy and back in Toronto’s net too soon:

With this win, Washington is now 17-5-1, leading the Metro by one point with 35 standings points. They also hold a game in hand against the Rangers, and no other Metro team even has 30 right now.

Measuring stick stretch begins

Tonight’s game began a “prove-it” month-and-change for Washington.

This contest began a three-game road trip, and they’ll also play six of seven away from Washington.

It’s pretty rough through the start of 2016, really. The Capitals will only enjoy three home games through Jan. 9.

In other words, the Capitals seem like a convincing East contender, but look out if they remain hot through the next 5-6 weeks.