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 Kings lost a game and that’s been pretty rare in the playoffs. Mark Whicker helps point out how human they are. (
I can tell you haven’t had enough Loony Toons in your life. Jesse Spector of The Sporting News gives you all the Wile E. Coyote magic from Mike Smith that you can handle. (
The Sporting News)
Know how the Devils
shuffled their lines in practice yesterday? It’s OK, they said they’re not doing it as a panic move. ( Fire & Ice)
Ever wonder what Stephane Matteau is up to? Wonder no more. Devils fans may not want to check it out. (
New York Times)
Looks like Sylvain Lefebvre and Adam Deadmarsh will be back as assistants in Colorado. (
All Things Avs)
The Wild have until June 1 to get Finnish phenom Mikael Granlund signed. That isn’t looking like a problem. (
This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.
Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)
Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old
Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman
Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.
Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old
Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.
Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old
For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s
Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.
Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?
Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.
O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “
Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.
The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.
He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though
he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.