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.
When it became clear that the San Jose Sharks were likely to add Brad Stuart to the defensive mix, I thought “Wow, this would work especially well if he ended up being an overqualified depth guy.” Stuart has his flaws but deeper in the lineup, he’s a killer choice. Apparently Stuart’s arrival could make bruising defenseman Douglas Murray the odd man out, so Fear the Fin ponders the possibility of a Murray trade on draft day. (Fear the Fin)
Hey, look: Kris Draper’s on Twitter now. I have a bold prediction: he won’t promote Claude Lemieux on “Follow Friday.” (George Malik)
Good stuff from NHL.com: a glance at the best players to be taken at each draft pick. Yup, that includes choices 1-30. (NHL.com)
Assessing the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ongoing search for a new goalie. (Raw Charge)
The Washington Capitals seem primed to have a nice chunk of salary cap space this summer. (CSNWashington.com)
David Quinn’s hire as an assistant coach seems like good news for everyone related to the Colorado Avalanche franchise except bench boss Joe Sacco. (All Things Avs)
A year removed from winning a Stanley Cup of his own, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli explains that watching the Kings raise up the chalice only brings back great memories. (CSNNE.com)
Will new assistant Perry Pearn be able to improve the Winnipeg Jets’ power play? (Behind the Net)
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger