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PHT Morning Skate: Zenon Konopka’s cabernet sauvignon sounds delightful

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’s Zenon Konopka is trying his hand as a vintner. “I’m from Niagara-on-the-Lake and I grew up on a farm with wine grapes,” he said. “I’ve always understood the process of making wine. I’ve been to France a few times, I’ve gone to lots of [wine] shows.” (Ottawa Citizen)

Good piece from Pierre LeBrun on P.K. Subban being P.K. Subban. (ESPN)

According to Jerry Brewer, fans need to “take a chill pill” as Seattle seeks an NHL team. (Seattle Times)

The solution to Chicago’s blueline problem might’ve been in the organization all along: 21-year-old Dylan Olsen, a first-round pick from 2009 that just got called up from AHL Rockford. (ESPN Chicago)

Joe Haggerty with his 15 thoughts on Boston’s 4-2 win over St. Louis on Wednesday night. (CSNNE.com)

Can Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky get $5 million a year with his next deal? (Faceoff.com)

Jeff Z. Klein investigates the trade value of Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier. (New York Times)

There’s one Detroit Red Wing that’s not happy about Kyle Quincey coming to town. That’d be Jakub Kindl, who has been replaced by Quincey in Detroit’s top-six defense. (MLive.com)

After lopsided loss, Julien says it’s ‘not about the young D’

Claude Julien

The Boston Bruins’ young, makeshift defense failed to come through Thursday night as the B’s were thumped, 6-2, on home ice by the Winnipeg Jets.

Without injured veterans Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, the defensive pairings were as follows:

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid
Joe MorrowKevan Miller
Matt IrwinZach Trotman

And let’s just say, turnovers were a factor:

That was Irwin getting checked off the puck there.

“I had the puck behind the net, and I went to one side of the net, and then I just didn’t use the net to my advantage,” he explained afterwards, per CSN New England. “He got his stick in there, obviously stripped me of the puck, and we all know what happened after that. I take full blame for that one.”

But head coach Claude Julien wasn’t willing to blame inexperience for the poor outing.

“It’s not about youth. It’s not about the young D,” said Julien. “It’s about our game without the puck. I think we might have gotten a little excited here about our offense and forgot about the other part of our game.”

And to be fair, even Boston’s more accomplished d-men had their challenging moments.

Here’s Krug failing to get position on Nicolas Petan in front of the Bruins’ net:

All in all, it was a tough night.

“We’ll correct those [mistakes] tomorrow in practice,” said Irwin. “We’re a confident group in here. We liked our offense. We liked the chances we were getting. All those mistakes, D-zone, are something that we’re going to work on and get better every day.”

The Bruins host their rivals from Montreal on Saturday.

Greene named 11th captain in Devils history

Dion Phaneuf; Andy Greene
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Andy Greene has been named Bryce Salvador’s successor as New Jersey’s team captain.

Greene, an undrafted free agent that’s spent his entire nine-year career with the Devils organization, becomes the 11th captain in the franchise’s history and third American to wear the “C” (Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner were the others).

A former standout at Miami of Ohio, Greene — who served as an alternate captain in each of the last two seasons — has developed into a steady, durable blueliner that hasn’t missed a game in three years. He’s also locked into the Devils long term, having signed a five-year, $25 million extension with the club last summer.

That deal kicks in this season, and runs through 2020.

As for the rest of the leadership group, four players will serve as alternate captains this season: Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri, and Adam Henrique.

Elias and Zajac both wore an “A” in New Jersey last year, while Cammalleri and Henrique are first-timers.