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.
Habs coach Michel Therrien sat down for a long Q & A with the Montreal Gazette. One of the highlights comes when he discusses how he doesn’t want to make P.K. Subban a better player – he wants to make him a better person, too. (Video, transcript)
Speaking of Subban, RDS’ Renaud P. Lavoie reports that there was no new progress in his contract talks on Wednesday. (Lavoie’s Twitter page)
Fellow restricted free agent blueliner Dmitry Kulikov’s agent hasn’t made much progress with the Florida Panthers, either. (On Frozen Pond)
Close call: Tom Gilbert reportedly tweak his groin during a Minnesota Wild scrimmage on Wednesday, but the team expects him to play in their season opener anyway. (The Minnesota Tribune)
Jarome Iginla seems like he’s over his own minor groin injury. Good news since he’s in a contract year … (Calgary Sun via Rotoworld)
The Matthew Lombardi looks much better for the Coyotes than it originally looked if Sportsnet’s John Shannon is correct that the Maple Leafs retained about $1.5 million of the $3.5 million salary. (Sportsnet’s John Shannon)
Milan Hejduk could join Teemu Selanne as a player who’s on a farewell tour this season. (The Denver Post)
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.