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.
Pierre LeBrun offers his picks for a Team Canada B squad. As you might imagine, there’s no shortage of talent. (ESPN.com)
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The NHL has enjoyed a lot of success when it comes to packing arenas this season, even when compared to the NBA. (Puck Daddy)
There’s not many goaltenders that have enjoyed more success in shootouts than Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Wayne Gretzky voiced his support of Steve Yzerman’s work as the general manager of Team Canada. (ESPN.com)
The Chicago Blackhawks have used Bryan Bickell sparingly as he struggles to find his way since returning from a knee injury. (Chicago Tribune)
Eric Staal will try to prove Team Canada wrong for leaving him off of the Olympic squad. (News & Observer)
Henrik Lundqvist has unveiled his mask for the NHL Stadium Series. The Rangers will play in Yankee Stadium, so naturally it features a few New York Yankees’ legends. (Lundqvist on Twitter)
Speaking of Lundqvist, here are the highlights from the New York Rangers’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks:
“Get ready, the Stanley cup is coming to town!” Crosby confirmed in the tweet sent late Tuesday night. “I will be taking Lord Stanley to the streets Monday August 7th in the Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day parade.”
The parade, part of annual events that celebrate Halifax’s birthday, also happens to fall on the Pittsburgh Penguins captain’s 30th birthday.
Natal Day chairman Greg Hayward said he expects another 25,000 people will be lining the parade route on top of the roughly 40,000 usual attendees.
“It’s extremely exciting to think that we’re going to have Sid and the Cup in our Natal Day parade,” Hayward said Wednesday.
Crosby has shown off the Stanley Cup twice before in his hometown of Cole Harbour, just outside Dartmouth, in 2009 and 2016.
Last July, Crosby carried the Cup in the back of a pickup that made its way to an arena in Cole Harbour as thousands of cheering fans looked on in sweltering heat.
Arbitration hearing looming for Arvidsson, who broke out in big way last year
“We are pleased to have Colton as part of our group for the next five seasons,” said GM Doug Armstrong in a release. “He has made tremendous progress over the last two years and possesses all the tools to be a very good NHL defenseman.”
Obviously, the Blues paid a little more on this contract, but that’s because they were able to “buy” some of Parayko’s free-agent years.
The 24-year-old just completed his second season with the Blues. He managed to four goals, 35 points and 32 penalty minutes in 81 games.
Parayko also saw his average ice-time increase from his first year to his second year, as he played just over 21 minutes per game in 2016-17.
On top of his two solid seasons in St. Louis, he also opened some eyes at this year’s World Hockey Championship, where he had three goals and seven points in six games for Team Canada. He averaged 24 minutes of ice-time during the tournament, and Canada went on to win silver.