Jaromir Jagr

PHT Morning Skate: Where Lundqvist praises Jagr


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)

Highlights from Chicago’s 4-1 win over Detroit:

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Flyers want to prove doubters wrong

Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux
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Jakub Voracek totally understands why nobody’s expecting much from the Philadelphia Flyers. When a team finishes 14 points out of the playoffs the year before, that’s typically going to be the case.

“We weren’t good enough last year, let’s face it,” Voracek told CSN Philly. 

So, no, it doesn’t upset him that the Flyers aren’t considered among the Stanley Cup favorites.

That being said, “it makes you feel you want to prove them wrong.”

The Flyers get going tonight with a tough game against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. They also play Saturday in Florida against the Panthers, before a rematch with the Panthers Monday in Philadelphia.

“My biggest concern would be getting off to a good start,” GM Ron Hextall said. “That’s one thing that we need to do.”

That’s something they didn’t do last year. In fact, they won just once in their first six games. By the end of November, they were 8-12-3 and in a big hole — one that proved too deep to climb out of.

Related: Flyers to start season with seven defensemen

Coyotes place towering enforcer John Scott on waivers

John Scott, Brandon Davidson
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The Arizona Coyotes might not be using John Scott‘s services after all.

The team waived him this afternoon, per Craig Morgan. It’s possible that the Coyotes are simply giving themselves options as Scott clearing would allow them to send him down quickly at any point until he plays in 10 games or 30 days pass. At the same time, any team looking for a gritty fourth-line forward or third-pairing defenseman might be tempted to claim him in light of his affordable $575K cap hit for the 2015-16 campaign.

Scott is an imposing presence on the ice at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, but he doesn’t bring much to the table other than his physical play and willingness to drop the gloves. In terms of offensive abilities, he’s among the least capable in the league. In fact, the four points he recorded last season with the San Jose Sharks represented a career-high for the 33-year-old.

Meanwhile, Dan Cleary went unclaimed on waivers, according to Bob McKenzie, setting the stage for him to be reassigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.