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.
Brian Burke says he’s probably hanging on to the fifth overall pick in the draft and doesn’t see a trade being imminent. You can come out now Leafs fans. (TSN)
Meanwhile, Burke says he might actually draft for need this time around. (@cotsonika)
San Jose’s owners say “the answer isn’t always just firing people.” Wonder what the Kings think of that. (Working The Corners)
Legendary columnist Terry Jones says the Oilers should take Nail Yakupov for hockey’s sake. Sanity prevails. (Edmonton Sun)
The Hart Trophy finalists are all big fans of each other. Awww… (NHL.com)
Gary Bettman says labor talks will get underway soon. “Oh… Great…” said every hockey fan everywhere. (Sportsnet)
Daniel Alfredsson is going to take as much time as needs to decide if he’s coming back. (Senators Extra)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins really wants to be the first Oilers player to win the Calder Trophy. (Edmonton Journal)
Zdeno Chara and Max Pacioretty are finding a lot of common ground these days and that’s a good thing. (CSNNE.com)
Jonathan Quick wants to do what Tim Thomas did just last year — Win the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe, and Vezina in the same year. (Los Angeles Times)
Patrice Bergeron is feeling 100-percent after having oblique issues in the playoffs. (CSNNE.com)
The Panthers have made an offer to potential free agent Jason Garrison. (On Frozen Pond)
There was stiff competition for the backup goaltending job in Boston, but with a signing this afternoon, it seems likely that the matter has been resolved.
The Boston Bruins announced that Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal. It’s a one-way contract, according to the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.
That contract is still small enough that the Bruins could bury it in the minors if they so desire, but it does set him apart from his last competitor for the goalie position, Jeremy Smith, who has a two-way deal. The fact that Boston went this route seems to imply that Gustavsson will serve as Tuukka Rask‘s understudy, although both netminders attended Sunday’s practice.
In Smith, the Bruins would be getting a 26-year-old goaltender who was dominant with the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season, but has no NHL experience. By contrast Gustavsson, 30, has played in almost 150 NHL games.
Boston sent Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to the minors last week, but an argument could be made that either one of them is worthy of the backup job. However, both of them have a lot of potential and it’s not surprising that the Bruins felt they were better served by staying in the minors where they can play regularly and focus on honing their game.
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.