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.
Forward J.C. Lipon, 20, has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets. He had 89 points and 115 penalty minutes in 61 games with the WHL Kamloops Blazers last season. (Winnipeg Sun)
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is hoping that he’ll be able to fulfill his dream of playing in the Olympics in 2014 and he knows a strong start to the 2013-14 campaign is the best way to accomplish that. (Detroit News)
The Washington Capitals still need to re-sign restricted free agent Marcus Johansson, but they don’t have a lot of cap space left after inking forward Mikhail Grabovski. (CSN Washington)
After admitting to being frustrated with his ongoing contract negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs, 22-year-old forward Nazem Kadri has decided to stop talking about it “until the deal gets done.” (Toronto Sun)
St. Louis Blue defenseman Barret Jackman will participate in Ride to Unite to help visually impaired children. (Blues.nhl.com)
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat