Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider

PHT Morning Skate: Where trading Luongo might not be a great idea


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.

Interesting stuff from Jay Adams: why the Vancouver Canucks’ “win now” structure indicates they’re actually better off trading Cory Schneider instead of Roberto Luongo. (Cave)

New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer can’t follow Ferris Bueller’s advice to step back and enjoy the playoffs every now and then. It’s just too stressful to really enjoy it. (Fire & Ice)

What are the odds that versatile forward Chris Kelly will return to the Boston Bruins next season? (

Adrian Dater’s assessment of Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kevin Porter is harsh, but fair. (Denver Post)

All of a sudden, things are looking up for Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner. That’s especially true for his bank account because he’s in a contract year. (Los Angeles Times)

George Richards sees a bright future for the Florida Panthers as he looks back on the 2011-12 season. (Miami Herald)

The St. Louis Blues (30-6-5 at home in the regular season) hope that the road is “the answer” against the Los Angeles Kings. On the bright side, they did win all two away contests against the San Jose Sharks  in round one … (

Marc Bergevin wants to “retool, not rebuild.” My eighth grade football team had a similar slogan: “Wildcats don’t rebuild; they reload.” I don’t think we made that one up. (Montreal Gazette)

On the Washington Capitals’ chances of regrouping after that brutal Game 3 loss. (

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: