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.
Daniel Briere (three goals and an assist) and Claude Giroux (three assists) had a “bear” of a game on Sunday. You’ll understand the bad pun more once you find out the team names, even if you won’t laugh anyway. (Rotoworld)
Larry Brooks puts pretty much all the lockout blame at the owners’ feet. (The New York Post)
Josh Yohe – a Pittsburgh beat writer – seems to lean toward Mario Lemieux in his impromptu comparison to Wayne Gretzky. Shocking. (Yohe’s sulia)
Puck Daddy gives fans a chance to vent once more. (Puck Daddy)
A Boston Bruins blog asks a Los Angeles Kings blog 10 questions. Yup, it’s the lockout. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)
Kyle Quincey explains his decision to play in the Central Hockey League. (The Denver Post)
Adrian Dater’s reasons why the next post-lockout situation might not be as cozy for the NHL as the last one ended up being. (Dater’s sulia)
The prospect-heavy Oklahoma City Barons are learning that they’re (gasp) going to have to work a little bit to win. (The Edmonton Journal)
Mike Modano reflects on being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and talks about his future a bit, too. (ESPN)
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.