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.
George Gwozdecky will reportedly join the Tampa Bay Lightning as an assistant coach. (Tampa Bay Times)
After playing in just one game last season, Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm is a big X-factor going into the 2013-14 campaign. (Detroit Free Press)
Chicago Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus took the Stanley Cup to Slovakia. (CSN Chicago)
Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle jokingly agreed to put on a Calgary Flames jersey during a recent interview. Not that it was anything more than Eberle and TSN’s Cabral Richards having fun, but of course it got a little more attention given that this week is the 25th anniversary of the Wayne Gretzky trade. (Edmonton Journal)
Ryan Rupert, 19, was taken in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he’s determined to “prove people wrong” and he’s doing a fine job of that as a member of Team Canada for USA Hockey’s world junior exhibition tournament. There are 20 forwards on Canada’s roster and 13 of them were selected in the first round. Rupert is both the shortest of them and the one that had to wait the longest to have his name called at the draft, but he’s impressed coach Brent Sutter. (Toronto Sun)
Jason Spezza is the heavy favorite to be selected as the Ottawa Senators’ next captain, but he’s not the only candidate. (Ottawa Citizen)
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.