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.
The San Jose Sharks are having a “fast and furious” campaign filled with extreme highs and lows, so analyzing the first half of the season is a difficult task. Still, Kevin Kurz did just that by taking a step back and going over what’s worked and hasn’t for the Sharks. (CSN Bay Area)
The Chicago Blackhawks have waived 33-year-old defenseman Steve Montador. Assuming no team claims his $2.75 million annual cap hit, the expectation is that he’ll report to the AHL and work on his conditioning as he attempts to return from a concussion. (Chicago Tribune)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will turn 25 on March 21. Will the 2006 first overall draft pick ever live up to his potential? (Denver Post)
A look at the rise of shot blocking. (New York Newsday)
What are the chances that the Edmonton Oilers will trade 23-year-old forward Sam Gagner? He’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer and get a sizable raise if he keeps up his nearly point-per-game pace. (Edmonton Journal)
Will the Philadelphia Flyers end up regretting the trade of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky? (Philadelphia Inquirer)
With the exception of their losses to the Islanders and Rangers over the weekend, the Washington Capitals have effectively stopped the bleeding after a horrendous start to the season. All the same, they have a ton of work ahead of them if they want to claw their way back into the playoff picture. (Washington Post)