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.
Are you getting upset seeing teams go all out to block shots in the playoffs and help keep scoring down? Joe Haggerty would like it if you stopped crying about guys doing their best to help win the Stanley Cup. (CSNNE.com)
Bruce Garrioch says the Coyotes are done like dinner. Who knew the Kings were good at playing the part of roadrunners? (Ottawa Sun)
Hope you didn’t want to hear Martin Brodeur’s wit and wisdom on game days. He won’t be talking to the media then. (Fire & Ice)
Bet you didn’t know former Steelers coach Bill Cowher is a hockey fan. Bet you really didn’t know his son-in-law is Kings tough guy Kevin Westgarth. (NHL.com)
The Sharks might not fire Todd McLellan, but they might be giving him a new assistant coach. Candidates? How about Bryan Marchment or Mike Ricci. Yikes! (CSNBayArea.com)
Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is having a whale of a time at Worlds. (News & Observer)
Mike Knuble is feeling good and wants to keep playing. Well he was well rested during the year… (Capitals Insider)
The London Knights are really happy to have Dale Hunter back in town in time for the Memorial Cup. (TSN)
Yup, people are mad at David Booth for hunting bears. (Calgary Sun)
In a stunning turn of events, Chicago columnist David Haugh thinks trading Patrick Kane would be a bad idea. (Chicago Tribune)
Count the Lightning and Steve Yzerman in the hunt for Swiss forward Damien Brunner. (Lightning Strikes)
Finally, Niklas Kronwall is still doing what he does best at Worlds: Laying monster hits. (YouTube)
Johansen is a ‘little disappointed’ the Blue Jackets didn’t recognize him in return to Columbus
On Sunday, he finally made his return back to Columbus as a member of the Predators. However, he did not receive any sort of tribute whatsoever from the team that originally selected him fourth overall in the 2010 draft, and that is something that apparently bothered him.
“I am a little disappointed they didn’t put anything on the Jumbotron and say ‘thank you’ or anything like that,” Johansen told the Columbus Post-Dispatch. “I think we all know who made that call, but whatever.”
While Johansen enjoyed some productive seasons with the Blue Jackets, his time in Columbus, particularly his final months, were dogged with contentious headlines about his contract negotiations with the club and then his working relationship with coach John Tortorella.
Johansen, now 24 years old, has nine goals and 40 points in 58 games this season for Nashville. Currently in the final year of his three-year, $12 million contract, he’s a restricted free agent at the end of this season.
Marchand scored his 25th goal of the season and, more importantly, the overtime winner for the Boston Bruins as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Sunday.
That’s Boston’s fourth consecutive win since the controversial coaching change — which took another twist earlier in the week when the rival Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien. Off a defensive zone faceoff, Marchand bolted up the ice for the breakaway pass, on what appeared to be a set play, beating Martin Jones through the legs.
The Bruins move back into third in the Atlantic Division, and are now only four points back of the faltering Habs for first.
Meanwhile, the Sharks were unable to fully capitalize on another freakish Brent Burns outing. He’s been dubbed ‘an unstoppable force’ in recent posts at PHT — a defenseman possessing great size at six-foot-five-inches tall and 230 pounds, but no shortage of mobility and offensive talent with 27 goals and 64 points in 60 games. Um, and did we mention he’s a defenseman. . . ?
Against the Bruins, he had 20 shot attempts — by far the most of any player in this game — in just over 26 minutes of ice time.
Given the final score, that probably doesn’t mean much to Brad Marchand.
Jacob Trouba will have a hearing for head shot on Mark Stone
Trouba was assessed only a minor penalty on the play. Stone, who dealt with a concussion prior to the beginning of the season, stayed down on the ice before he eventually made his way to the dressing room.
The incident occurred when Trouba stepped up to throw a hit on Stone, but instead caught him in the head as he followed through, sending Stone to the ice.