PHT Morning Skate: Reflections on the Iginla trade


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.

Calgary Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, refuses to address the reports that he might not play if he’s traded. (Calgary Herald)

Gordie Howe is turning 85 on Sunday. As part of the celebration, he’ll attend the Chicago Blackhawks match against the Detroit Red Wings. (NHL.com)

Should the Edmonton Oilers trade Ales Hemsky to the Boston Bruins? (Edmonton Journal)

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur hasn’t talked to the media in the morning before a game since the playoffs. He thinks that’s for the best now that he’s older. (The Star-Ledger)

The Calgary Flames’ players talk about Jarome Iginla and the trade that sent him to Pittsburgh. (Flames.nhl.com)

Meanwhile the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking forward to playing with Iginla. (Penguins.nhl.com)

Speaking of the Iginla trade, the Calgary Flames were never able to find a worthy number one center for him. Well, he has one now… (Calgary Sun)

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson isn’t likely to return from his ankle injury in time for Ottawa’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. (Ottawa Citizen)

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal

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Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: