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 has an interesting observation: the NHL should shoot for a 50-game season instead of the widely cited 48-contest option so there’s the opportunity – albeit slim – to shoot for the 50 goals in 50 games goal. (Greatest Hockey Legends)
Legally speaking, what’s next for the NHLPA? (TSN)
Martin St. Louis is frustrated because he claims the owners just keep wanting more. Typical stuff, but it just seems sadder coming from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s diminutive star. (Tampa Bay Tribune)
Counting down 10 controversial figures from 2012. (Puck Daddy)
Not sure the specifics of this contest, but checking out the winners of Stanley Cup of Chowder’s various art-leaning contests is interesting. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
Former Isles goalie Kevin Poulin signs with KHL club