PHT Morning Skate: Is Patrick Marleau a hall of famer?


–The NHL will be unveiling their top 100 players tonight, but as Sportsnet’s Sean McIndoe found out, making the list isn’t easy. There are a ton of things to consider when building a list like this. One of the most important things to realize, is that there will definitely be snubs. And for the players that do make it on the list, slotting them is another challenge. (Sportsnet)

–All-Star rookie Auston Matthews has impressed many during his first year in the NHL. The 19-year-old credits a portion of his development to the two years he spent with the U.S. National Development Program. “I really enjoyed my time there, thought I learned a lot, really progressed as a player, as a person. Some of my closest friends kind of come from those two years.” (

–The NHL isn’t always able to get the most popular celebrities to perform at their top events, but this year’s All-Star game is a little different. They were able to land artists like Fifth Harmony that have over three million followers on Twitter, which can only benefit the NHL.  “(Fifth Harmony) have a fan base that will watch anything that they do,” said the NHL’s chief content officer and executive vice president Steve Mayer. “I think the jury’s still out on who is going to come and watch us, but we need the younger fan base.” (Yahoo)

–The St. Louis Blues decided to give Carter Hutton another start after he shut out the Penguins on Tuesday. That decision didn’t exactly pay off, as they fell to the Minnesota Wild by a score of 5-1. You can watch the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–There’s no denying the on-ice rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. With a little less than half the season left, it’s still entirely possible that these two teams could meet in the first round of the playoffs. Keeping that in mind,’s Pierre LeBrun points out that the Pens and Caps could look to one-up each other before the trade deadline. That should make things interesting. (ESPN)

–Despite being 37 years old, Patrick Marleau has shown that he can still play hockey at a very high level. The veteran hasn’t won a Stanley Cup, but he’s accomplished so many incredible things during his career. He’s closing in on the 500-goal mark, he owns the 10th-longest iron man streak in league history and he’s won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada. But has he done enough to get into the hall of fame? (Mercury News)

–When hockey fans think of goalies, they think of people who have an uncanny ability to stop pucks. But as Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne show us, they’re also able to fire the puck pretty hard too. (BarDown)

Flyers sign Michal Neuvirth to two-year, $5 million extension

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 12: Goalie Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Florida Panthers at Wells Fargo Center on October 12, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The goaltending situation in Philadelphia has become a lot more clear today, as they’ve signed Michal Neuvirth to a contract extension.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, it’s a two-year deal worth a total of $5 million ($2.5 million cap hit).

Neuvirth was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

The 28-year-old has been between the pipes for nine of his team’s last 11 games, but he’s dropped four of his last five decisions. He has a 10-9-1 record with a 2.90 goals-against-average and a .887 save percentage in 24 games.

The duo of Neuvirth and Steve Mason hasn’t worked out too well in Philadelphia. Both players have struggled to find consistency in their game, which has been problematic for the Flyers.

Even though Neuvirth will be back, they can still shake things up by moving on from Mason, who is also scheduled to become a free agent on July 1st.

The Flyers also re-signed forward Pierre Edouard Bellemare earlier today.

Report: Flyers extend Bellemare — two years, $2.9 million

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare #78 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Washington Capitals during the third period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Washington Capitals won, 1-0. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Philadelphia has re-upped with checking forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on a two-year extension, per Sportsnet.

It’s believed to be a $2.9 million pact, one that carries a $1.45M average annual cap hit. That’s a nice raise for the 31-year-old, who’s in the last of a two-year pact at $712,500 per.

Bellemare joined the Flyers for the ’14-15 campaign, following a lengthy career in Europe that included stops in his native France, and a lengthy spell in Sweden. He’s emerged as a good energy guy in the bottom-six forward group, one that can kill penalties and chip in with a bit of offense.

Today’s news might come as a bit of a surprise for Flyers fans, however. Bellemare was a pending UFA and, given he’s on the wrong side of 30, there was speculation he’d be sold at the deadline in the hopes of recouping some assets.

Report: Jesper Fast out indefinitely after suffering shoulder injury

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  Jesper Fast #19 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2015 in New York City.  Capitals defeated the Rangers 2-1.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Some tough news if you’re a fan of the New York Rangers.

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Jesper Fast will miss some time with what’s believed to be a separated shoulder.

Fast suffered the injury after being flattened by Alex Ovechkin in last night’s 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

The 25-year-old has been a key contributor for New York this season. He’s up to five goals and 15 assists in 59 games. He’s also second in shorthanded ice time and in hits among all Rangers forwards.

The Rangers went into last night’s game without Mika Zibanejad and they also lost Chris Kreider momentarily yesterday, but he was able to return.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault is expected to provide an update on Fast’s status after today’s practice, but don’t expect the news to be good.

Canadiens acquire Dwight King for draft pick

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his goal to take a 3-2 lead over the Colorado Avalanche during the second period at Staples Center on January 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens are keeping busy.

Just one day after acquiring Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings and Brendan Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers in separate deals, general manager Marc Bergevin completed another trade before the deadline when he acquired forward Dwight King from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional 2018 fourth-round draft pick.

It will become a third-round pick if he re-signs with the Canadiens this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

In 63 games this season King has eight goals and seven assists.

He also adds to the Canadiens’ apparent season-long attempt to become a grittier and tougher team, now joining a roster that now has seen Ott, Shea Weber, and Andrew Shaw join it over the past eight months.

For the Kings, it is a move that clears out a bit of salary cap space, perhaps opening the door for them to complete a deal with Colorado for Jarome Iginla, something that seems to be a work in progress on Wednesday.


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