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.
Fans in Washington might want to get geeked up for what could be a big season from defenseman Mike Green. Anything that makes us think of the Caps’ salad days from 2009 has to be a good thing. (CSNWashington.com)
Jonathan Toews says it’s a gold medal or bust for Canada at the Olympics in Sochi. It’s also like that every four years for Canada so… Yeah. (CSNChicago.com)
Former Devils majority owner turned minority partner Jeff Vanderbeek had himself a day filled with mixed emotions watching a pair of new guys buy him out of deep trouble. (Fire & Ice)
Meanwhile, the Devils sale is another feather in the cap for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says David Shoalts. (The Globe And Mail)
Ottawa restricted free agent Jared Cowen is apparently close to getting paid. Hey, that Alfie money had to go to someone, right? (Ottawa Sun)
If you thought Chicago fans were going to handle the Nashville Predators’ new ticket policy meant to keep them out well, you’re forgetting how fans operate. (The Tennessean)
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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