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.
What was Marian Gaborik signing his seven-year, $34.125 million deal with Los Angeles all about? No, not the money. OK so somewhat the money, but mostly all about the winning. (L.A. Kings Insider)
Turns out that deal was a really good one for the Kings as well. (Sportsnet)
It’s been mentioned before, but the St. Louis Blues are really going to go with Jake Allen and Brian Elliott in goal this season. So you can stop mentioning which free agent goalies would be a fit there. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Have you figured out who you think the No. 1 pick will be on Friday night yet? No? You’re not alone at all. (Edmonton Journal)
Shawn Thornton is drawing a lot of interest so far in free agency talks. Grit, toughness, and locker room presence is still in demand. (CSNNE.com)
Penguins prospect defenseman Derrick Pouliot played for new Pens coach Mike Johnston in Portland and is a big fan.
Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.
Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.
And what a look it was.
In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.
It was, in a word, fun.
Lots of fun.
A quick sampling of reviews:
Of course, not everybody was a fan:
Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.
But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…