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.
Given that Brian Burke’s fourth year anniversary as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs recently passed, you can bet there were plenty of articles about his controversial tenure with the club to date. The Toronto Star’s Damien Cox and Sportsnet’s Mark Spector and Ryan Dixon each had their own take on the job he’s done so far.
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is hoping the U.S. Small Business Administration will aide companies in and around the Arena District that have been hurt by the lockout. (Columbus Dispatch)
Sven Baertschi said he didn’t get special treatment when he was a member of the WHL Portland Winterhawks. The team was recently handed a massive punishment for a “series of player benefit violations which have occurred over the past four seasons.” (Calgary Sun)
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is keeping busy with charity work. (Detroit News)
Top-tier prospect Seth Jones talks about why he got into hockey when his Dad, Popeye Jones, was a power forward in the NBA. (Toronto Sun)
If the NHL and union don’t agree on a new CBA soon, then Canada could have a loaded roster for the Spengler Cup. (Ottawa Sun)
Video: Devils honor Martin Brodeur, retire his No. 30
Kyle Turris was far from an accomplished NHLer when he requested a trade out of the Coyotes organization. In fact, when he was dealt to the Senators in 2011, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft had just 46 points in 137 NHL games.
Since then, Turris has emerged as Ottawa’s top center, with the promise of a big payday in the summer of 2018 when his current $17.5 million deal expires and he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
It’s for that very reason that he can understand Jonathan Drouin‘s position with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“It’s tough,” Turris told the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone has mixed feelings, and especially not being an established player. Then people are doubting that you’re doing the right thing, you really have to have confidence in yourself and your ability to do it.”
Though Turris, now 26, took a “lot of heat from the media…and people within the organization” and recalls the time after his trade request was made public as a “tough, tough go,” he believes the opportunity he received with the Sens “saved” him.
As we’ve written in the past, you don’t have to agree with how Drouin is handling things — maybe it ends up hurting him; he still has a lot to prove — but there have been young players who have chosen similar paths, and it’s worked out well for them.
Drouin, by the way, has 40 points in 89 NHL games.