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.
Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle wants to see his team be a “little hungrier and a little dirtier and a little meaner in front of their net.” (CSN Bay Area)
The Colorado Avalanche aren’t likely to name their next head coach in the near future. (Denver Post)
Thomas Boswell is very critical of the Washington Capitals after their latest playoff exit. Among other things, he asserts that Alex Ovechkin was named the team captain “not because he deserved it but in the hopes that it would prod him to get in better shape, cut down his carousing and show some leadership.” (Washington Post)
The Pittsburgh Penguins think Sidney Crosby is underrated defensively. Evgeni Malkin went as far as to compare Crosby to three-time Selke Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has nothing but nice things to say about his former teammate and current adversary Jaromir Jagr. (Newsday)
Toronto Maple Leafs vice-president of hockey operations Dave Poulin feels the team is headed in the right direction. He also predicted that his team will turn their tough Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins “into a positive.” (Toronto Sun)
Kings forward Dustin Brown is “definitely aware of when” Raffi Torres is on the ice, but not because of his suspension history. “That’s one of those things where as much as he’s been suspended, he’s had a lot of really clean, hard hits, and you need to be aware of that,” Brown said. (LA Kings Insider)
Jacob Trouba‘s agent Kurt Overhardt repeatedly shot down certain questions as “private” matters regarding a very public trade request from the Winnipeg Jets, yet his interview on TSN’s Hustler & Lawless spoke volumes about the impasse.
From the sound of things, it would be tough for the Jets to get Trouba to change course and sign a deal with the team.
Trouba seeks a spot as a top two defenseman, or at least one of a team’s top two options on the right side, something Overhardt firmly believes cannot happen in Winnipeg. He quickly deflected hypothetical scenarios regarding Dustin Byfuglien moving to the left or Tyler Myers getting bumped down the Jets’ depth chart.
“None of this is happening on a whim,” Overhardt said. ” … This has nothing to do with money.”
There has been no negotiation regarding the terms of a contract between our client and the Jets over the course of the last several months. The situation is not about money; it is solely about our client having the opportunity to realize his potential as a right shot NHL defenseman.
To the Jets credit, the club has two outstanding right shot veteran defensemen and our client simply wants the opportunity to have a greater role. As a consequence of the Jets depth on the right side, we believe it is in both parties’ best interest to facilitate a mutually advantageous trade.
The 23-year-old defenseman has to appreciate the fact that this is a one-way deal, as the Lightning blueline isn’t the easiest group to crack. (That will be especially true if James Wisniewski makes an impression with his PTO.)
Nesterov has been battling for ice time the past two seasons and was also a member of Russia’s World Cup team. It’s super-important to note that he wears No. 89, which is a little unusual for a defenseman.
It’s too early to say that MacArthur will be forced to retire after this latest injury. At the moment, the Senators were merely happy to see him at the rink receiving treatment, as Guy Boucher toldreporters.
It’s a thought echoed by Senators GM Pierre Dorion shortly after the check, noting that they’re most focused on MacArthur as a “human being.”
Many wonder if Sieloff will face repercussions – perhaps even being released – for delivering such a hit during a scrimmage, especially after just being acquired.
So far, it sounds like he isn’t getting much heat, at least beyond the initial reaction of players getting physical with him right after the check. Boucher said “we’re not pointing fingers at the young kid right now,” according to Warren.