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.
Joe Pelletier shares some fantastic photos of Vladislav Tretiak with his … pet bears. OK, they might not be “pet” bears but he is pettingthem. There’s also whales and other tomfoolery. (Hockey Book Reviews)
The latest edition of “how much can the Colorado Avalanche really expect from Jamie McGinn?” from Mile High Hockey. (Mile High Hockey)
Harrison Mooney’s lucid take on lockout-related boycotting:
“We are the children in this divorce. This isn’t our fault. Sure, we’ll suffer as children always suffer in these disputes, but we did nothing wrong. It has nothing to do with us, and threatening to run away from home unless our parents make up accomplishes nothing outside of underscoring how precociously naive we are.” (Puck Daddy)
Apparently Frantisek Kaberle retired. He was a much better Carolina Hurricane than his brother Tomas. (IIHF via Stanley Cup of Chowder)
Alec Martinez was the final Los Angeles Kings player to have his day with the Stanley Cup. (NHL.com)
Andy Strickland reports that hot St. Louis Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko might play in the AHL rather than KHL in the event of a lockout. (Andy Strickland)
Holland is a solid player, generating 27 points in 65 games with Toronto last season. He’s a nice enough piece, but with the Maple Leafs in rebuild mode, they’re not exactly anxious to pay supporting cast members more than necessary.
With such a context in mind, it should be intriguing to see how much either side will budge.
At the moment, the Maple Leafs seem to hold the advantage.
Report: Flyers, Schenn disagree on money, term with arbitration looming
It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have some work to do if they hope to avoid an arbitration hearing with Brayden Schenn.
The session would take place on Monday, so the clock is ticking.
While the differences in opinion aren’t outright enormous, the Flyers still need to clean up their cap situation, so every $1 million counts. That – plus the length of a deal – seem to be the issue for the 24-year-old forward and the Flyers, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:
Brayden Schenn arb: PHI: $4.25M year 1 and just under $4.37 year 2. Player ask: $5.5M for one year
With the Flyers aiming for a two-year agreement while Schenn just wants one, it’s not quite as simple as merely saying “split the difference.”
Then again, that general logic could prove helpful. Perhaps the best path to a deal would be for the Flyers to edge closer to $5.5 million while convincing Schenn to sign for two years rather than one?
Of course, the Flyers could also offer Schenn more security in exchange for giving up some UFA years:
To be clear, those reported numbers are what was submitted to arbitrator. Doesn't mean they can't settle for longer term before Monday.
When the adrenaline wears off after a big hit or violent fight, fans will want to see results on the scoreboard and in the standings. It remains to be seen if the Oilers truly made strides in that regard during a summer of change.
On the bright side, their wunderkind star and expensive new addition are at least on the same page.