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.
Jesse Spector expresses a point many of us are expressing these days: Bobby Ryan’s a much more desirable trade target than Rick Nash. He outlines some of the biggest reasons why. (Sporting News)
The San Jose Sharks might just shed that “slow” label yet; word is they have some interest in New York Islanders speedster Michael Grabner. (CSNBayArea.com)
One of the most interesting salary arbitration cases would involve Jamie McGinn and the Colorado Avalanche. McGinn played outstanding hockey once he was traded to Colorado, but it was still a small sample size, so how much is he worth? Adrian Dater examines that question. (Denver Post)
The Detroit Red Wings added Tom Renney as an associate coach. (Edmonton Journal)
How an improved Tampa Bay Lightning defense might make for an improved Lightning offense. (Tampa Bay Times)
Ruslan Fedotenko discusses becoming a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. (CSNPhilly.com)
Harrison Mooney discusses the fact that NHL teams aren’t afraid to hand 40-year-old players contracts these days. At least, they’re not afraid to hand them one or two-year deals, that is. (Puck Daddy)
A St. Louis-area columnist says that the Blues are being smart, not cheap, when it comes to their off-season transactions. (STLtoday.com)
Marc Torrence breaks down an interesting question. Who’s more to blame for Ryan Suter’s departure: Nashville Predators GM David Poile or Suter himself? (On the Forecheck)
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.