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.
–Artist Joe Everson paints an amazing picture while singing the national anthem prior to an ECHL game. (Top)
–Caps rookie Zach Sanford sang “Sweet Caroline” during the team’s Halloween party. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
–This goalie makes his AHL debut and he was backed up by…his father! (NHL)
–10 NHL players that still don’t look right in their new uniforms. (Bardown)
Simon Despres has played only once this season, back on Oct. 13, due to injury.
It now appears the Anaheim Ducks don’t see the 25-year-old defenseman returning to their lineup any time soon.
On Sunday, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported on Twitter that the Ducks placed Despres, who carries an average annual value of $3.7 million, on long-term injured reserve, providing Anaheim with some flexibility in the salary cap situation.
Lindholm, 22, missed training camp, instead deciding to stay in Sweden while he awaits a deal with the Ducks. Six games into Anaheim’s season, and still no deal.
It was reported last month that Lindholm was seeking a deal of eight years, and at least $6 million per season.
Last week, on TSN’s Insider Trading, McKenzie suggested the two sides could be about $250,000, annually, apart. He also added that there is a “cap hit penalty” when restricted free agents don’t get signed before the season begins.
“For every day that (Lindholm) is not signed in this season, the cap hit for the team will increase by about $30,000 if he were to agree to a $5.5 million deal,” McKenzie reported.
“Let’s say he agrees to a deal that’s $5.5 million AAV, well the cap hit’s going to be up around $5.8 (million) as of now, for each day that goes on.”
The Vancouver Canucks have made a habit of third-period comebacks early this season. Playing with the lead, though? Not so much.
Despite their early penchant for late-game magic — certainly not a sustainable method of winning in the long-term — the Canucks were unable to score a come-from-behind win against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
Henrik Sedin had gotten the Canucks back into a tied game early in the final period, before the Ducks killed off a Vancouver power play and then surged ahead for good.
It’s Vancouver’s first regulation loss of the season. In six games, the Canucks have played with the lead only once.
Really, the score flattered the Canucks, playing the second half of a back-to-back set in California. The Ducks dominated possession, but goalie Ryan Miller kept the Canucks in it until late in regulation.
The Canucks are now 4-1-1. That’s still a good start, but there have been signs lately that they could soon be served a reality check.
Meanwhile, the Ducks have won two in a row after losing their first four games to start the season.
It was promising that their best players were their best players in Anaheim’s home opener.
Ryan Getzlaf had three assists. Corey Perry had an assist on the winner and scored to put this one away. Defenseman Cam Fowler, who has been at the center of trade speculation in the past few months, scored Sunday and is now up to three goals, with points in four of six games.
“He’s played great,” Getzlaf recently told the Orange County Register. “Cam put a lot on his shoulders last year. He had a great year for us last year and it gets overlooked a little bit because he does it in a little bit quieter way. He’s not flashy.
“I thought his play has carried over from last year. He’s continued to play the same way and at a high level.”
This win puts the Ducks within a point of the San Jose Sharks. The two California rivals face each other Tuesday in San Jose.
An offensive defenseman, Dan Girardi is not.
His last goal prior to this weekend? Nov. 12, 2015. It’s been a while. Almost an entire year now. But in his return to the New York Rangers lineup on Sunday, the 32-year-old Girardi was able to bust his scoring slump on a slap shot from the blue line that beat Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue.
The Rangers eventually won by a final score of 3-2, with Girardi’s goal counting as the winner. He scored only twice last season, and hasn’t scored more than five goals in a single season since 2009-10.