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.
After a busy summer, what should Dallas Stars fan expect in 2014-15? (Defending Big D)
Ryan Kesler is loving life in Anaheim. (NHL.com)
Evan Sporer argues that the Bruins were the losers in the Tyler Seguin trade. (Boston Globe)
When it comes to puck-handling, Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz has tried to model his game after Martin Brodeur. (CSN Philly)
Red Wings blogger George Malik spoke out against the Red Wings re-signing Dan Cleary. He feels that Detroit would be better served by leaving that roster spot free for one of its young forwards. (Kukla’s Korner’s)
Of course, this has been a rough summer in general for Detroit. Defenseman Mike Green is rumored to be on the market though. Would it make sense for the Red Wings to go after him if that’s the case? (Winging It In Motown)
Mike Weaver has retired. The 37-year-old defenseman made the announcement today via the NHLPA.
“What an enjoyable experience to do something you love for 11 years in the NHL and 15 years in professional hockey,” said Weaver in a release. “I could never have imagined this. Hockey is more than just a game to me. Thanks to the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens.
“I would also like to thank the fans who brought the energy and excitement every night to the arenas. When the game starts, your teammates are who you trust, rely on and respect the most. Thank you to all my teammates for all the memories that will last a lifetime.”
Undrafted out of Michigan State, Weaver ended up playing 633 games in the NHL, plus 28 more in the playoffs.
Dylan Larkin — despite being just 19 years old — will begin the season on the Detroit Red Wings, a team not normally accustomed to having teenagers in the lineup.
Coach Jeff Blashill confirmed the news this morning. Larkin could apparently start on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.
Larkin, the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, had three goals and one assist in five preseason games. A natural center, he’s shown the potential to one day step into the kind of “big-time” role that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have played for so long in Detroit.
“You have to give our scouts credit,” former coach Mike Babcock told ESPN in May. “We got a great pick where we picked. How high end is he? How soon?”
Related: Coaching change ‘one of the reasons’ Larkin signed with Wings