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.
Deadspin passes along a Reddit forum with AHL equipment manager Brad “Dogg” Thompson, who praises a wonderfully named product called “Beek’s Reek Out.” Who’s behind it? Pat Verbeek, of course. (Reddit thread via Deadspin)
Manny Malhotra plans on marching in a 2012 pride parade on Sunday. (The Canadian Press)
Danny Cleary (pictured) said he expects CBA talks to heat up in August. (USA Today)
Adam Proteau’s fairy tale-inspired take on the NHLPA and the owners’ negotiations. (Adam Proteau)
The Dallas Morning News ranks Ed Belfour as the fifth best Dallas Stars player of all-time. My guess is that his FUBU jersey backs up Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov and Brenden Morrow at No. 4. (Dallas Morning News)
The Buffalo Sabres and Tyler Ennis are reportedly working on a deal again. (The Buffalo News via Rotoworld)
Fear the Fin gauges which Pacific Division teams “won” and “lost” in free agency this summer. (Fear the Fin)
This Shane Doan/Carmen Sandiego Photoshop is fabulous. (Puck Daddy)
It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.
Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.
Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.
“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”
Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:
Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.
Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.
As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.
Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.
“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”
Commodore wasn’t done there:
And there was much, much more.
To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.