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.
Ed Willes dusts off a Barney reference while openly wondering why the Vancouver Canucks inspire so much hate. (Vancouver Province)
Martin Havlat discusses his double OT-winning goal from last night. (CSNBayArea.com)
There’s reason to believe that Brent Sutter isn’t the only noteworthy “domino to fall” for the Calgary Flames organization. (Calgary Herald)
Joe Haggerty provides his 15 thoughts on Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. (CSNNE.com)
The Florida Panthers earned 18 charity points during the regular season, with 11 shootout defeats. The latter part might explain why Harvey Fialkov reports the Panthers are relieved that shootouts are over with. (Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Wearing out Kris Letang is a big part of the Philadelphia Flyers’ strategy against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (CSNPhilly.com)
The Sharks’ depth was a big difference-maker in their win last night. (ESPN)
Josh Cooper discusses how the Nashville Predators can get Alexander Radulov going. (The Tennessean)
Stu Hackel provides an update on the Montreal Canadiens’ GM search. (Hockey Inside/Out)
Mike Richards is emerging as a leader for the Los Angeles Kings. (NHL.com)
Coyotes shut down Vitale (concussion) for the season
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.
Gaudreau, Monahan, Bouma express remorse after benching
“We want to apologize to the organization, the coaches, our team especially, and the city of Calgary and the fans,” Gaudreau said, per the team’s Twitter account. “For us not to show up like that, and miss a game like that, it’s not professional on our part.”
“I’m a young guy and I’m a leader on this team,” Monahan added. “I’ve got to step up and take that back and earn that respect again.”
More on what transpired at Tuesday’s practice, from Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley did his best to keep an epic Super Bowl party under wraps. But two of his players — Lance Bouma and Sean Monahan — arrived at the Saddledome at 10:15 am for a 10:30 Monday morning practice, and those two barely beat Johnny Gaudreau in the Saddledome doors.
Then practice started, and in the words of Calgary winger David Jones: “It’s a little embarrassing when we’re not (making) five-foot passes.”
“I think (Hartley) was pretty pissed off.”
The trio was then subsequently benched for last night’s game against Toronto, which the Flames won 4-3.
Tonight, the New York Rangers are in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins at Consol, in a rematch of the ’14 and ’15 playoffs (the Blueshirts eliminated the Pens from each of the last two postseasons, you’ll recall.)
You can catch the game at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, or watch live online with NBC Sports’ Live Extra.