Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins bounces a puck on his stick during warm ups against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
(June 11, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

PHT Morning Skate: Tyler Seguin happy to shift to center


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.

So this isn’t exactly timely anymore, but in belated honor of Independence Day, here’s a list of the top best American-born players from the 2013 campaign. (Sporting News)

Tyler Seguin is “excited” to shift back to center as one of the newest members of the Dallas Stars. (Stars.nhl.com)

Oklahoma City Barons head coach Todd Nelson is disappointed that his parent club, the Edmonton Oilers, chose to select Dallas Eakins as their new bench boss over him. Nevertheless, he feels he’s very close to landing an NHL gig. (Edmonton Journal)

Don’t expect the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks to make a big splash today. (CSN Chicago)

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t done making moves. (CSN Philly)

In defense of Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis’ decision to buy out Mikhail Grabovski’s contract. (Toronto Sun)

Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever


Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.

Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.

And what a look it was.

In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.

It was, in a word, fun.

Lots of fun.

A quick sampling of reviews:

Of course, not everybody was a fan:

Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.

But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…