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.
Here’s a scary thought: The league’s best goal scorer Steve Stamkos becoming a threat defensively as well. It’s happening. (Tampa Tribune)
Mike Cammalleri is moving back to center for the time being. Last time he played there he had a monster season. (Calgary Sun)
St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk would like to find his offense again. (Post-Dispatch)
Apparently whether or not the Ducks win games hinges upon… Jason Blake? (OC Register)
From the “Good News” department: Oilers defenseman Taylor Fedun is back on the ice after shattering his leg in the preseason. (Edmonton Sun)
Barry Trotz thinks the increase in shootouts is a sign that teams are tightening up for the playoff run. Well that’s a gross thought. (Tennessean)
If you think Rangers fans are excited about Carl Hagelin this year, wait until Chris Kreider is wearing Broadway Blue. (The Prospect Park)
Flames prospect Bill Arnold scored the game-winner in overtime to give Boston College their 17th Beanpot Tournament championship. (NESN)
Finally, watch Jaroslav Spacek get his revenge on Montreal by scoring a goal against them during Carolina’s 5-3 win. Irony here? Spacek helped turn Montreal into a circus yet again by hurting their run at a playoff spot. (NHL)
Video: Devils honor Martin Brodeur, retire his No. 30
Kyle Turris was far from an accomplished NHLer when he requested a trade out of the Coyotes organization. In fact, when he was dealt to the Senators in 2011, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft had just 46 points in 137 NHL games.
Since then, Turris has emerged as Ottawa’s top center, with the promise of a big payday in the summer of 2018 when his current $17.5 million deal expires and he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
It’s for that very reason that he can understand Jonathan Drouin‘s position with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“It’s tough,” Turris told the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone has mixed feelings, and especially not being an established player. Then people are doubting that you’re doing the right thing, you really have to have confidence in yourself and your ability to do it.”
Though Turris, now 26, took a “lot of heat from the media…and people within the organization” and recalls the time after his trade request was made public as a “tough, tough go,” he believes the opportunity he received with the Sens “saved” him.
As we’ve written in the past, you don’t have to agree with how Drouin is handling things — maybe it ends up hurting him; he still has a lot to prove — but there have been young players who have chosen similar paths, and it’s worked out well for them.
Drouin, by the way, has 40 points in 89 NHL games.