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.
The Florida Panthers are gearing up for a busy summer. Should re-signing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Jason Garrison to a long-term contract be one of their top priorities? (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)
Kings GM Dean Lombardi owes a degree of his success to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and former hockey player and GM Bob Clarke. (Kings.nhl.com)
The London Knights – aka the team that Capitals head coach Dale Hunter was the bench boss of when the 2011-12 season started – has taken the Ontario Hockey League title and advanced to the Memorial Cup. Maybe that’s a good omen for Hunter going into Game 7 on Saturday. (Sportsnet.ca)
Kings forward Colin Fraser decided to try his hand at being a reporter and find out which of his teammates are sporting the best and worst playoff beards. Maybe the beard is the secret to Dustin Penner’s recent success… (LA Kings Insider)
Winnipeg might have a new NHL team, but the Phoenix Coyotes still have some fans in their old city. Not a lot by the sounds of it, but some… (Winnipeg Sun)
The Coyotes are creating a buzz in Glendale with their recent success, but will the interest in the team last beyond this playoff run? (NHL.com)
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.