Pierre-Marc Bouchard spent 11 years with the Minnesota Wild and as a free agent this summer found a new home with the New York Islanders. Spending that long with one team makes saying goodbye hard, but he does so with a heart filled with warm memories.
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune hears from the guy called “Butch” and how he’s thankful for his time with the Wild.
“It was a great run,” said Bouchard. “Eleven years with one team, it was a great run. Just getting drafted by that team in the first round and making the playoffs my first year there. It was a fun run to get to the conference final [in 2003]. We won the division [in 2008]. Every time we made the playoffs, it was always a fun time to play in Minnesota in front of our fans…
“Minnesota will always be a special place for me.”
Having good times like that to hang his hat on make moving on difficult. Now he’s off to an Islanders team that’s young and poised to make more noise in the East.
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.
It’s summer so it feels more like an optional skate than a mandatory one. Light reading ahead.
The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce this year’s class of inductees on Tuesday. Is this the year former Flyers great Eric Lindros gets the call? (Toronto Sun)
Prospect camps are happening all over the league and the Red Wings can’t wait to get more of a look at Martin Frk. (Detroit Free Press)
How about Jaromir Jagr in Ottawa? That’d be a heck of a way to replace Daniel Alfredsson. (Ottawa Sun)
Pierre-Marc Bouchard has moved on from the Wild, but he’s more than thankful to the fans in Minnesota. (Star Tribune)
Is it possible that Daniel Alfredsson’s shocking decision to leave Ottawa after 18 years and sign with Detroit was a matter of disrespect?
It may be the case as Elliotte Friedman of CBC discussed in his story examining what happened between the two sides.
Apparently Alfredsson had always taken less than he was worth through his time in Ottawa and that was something Senators GM Bryan Murray was counting on when he made his offer to the now former captain.
As Friedman put it (rather perfectly) that didn’t sit well with him.
“And sometimes, you feel the team takes advantage of you. When Alfredsson heard his ask was unfair after almost a decade of team-friendly cap hits, he probably powerbombed a Volvo.”
Alfredsson wound up getting a one-year deal with the Red Wings for $5.5 million and Murray was left to talk about Sens owner Eugene Melnyk’s “blank check” offer. As Friedman noted, that likely came after Alfredsson hadn’t spoken with the team for a while.
If the Senators could turn back time, they’d probably like a do-over on how this was handled.
Tyler Seguin’s “hacked” Twitter account is already causing a disturbance for his new team.
The Dallas Stars were already set to have a talk with their newly acquired forward when he arrives in town on Monday, but they’ve now issued a statement regarding Seguin’s now deleted tweet that semi-cited a famous line from the movie “Full Metal Jacket.”
From the Stars:
“In no way, shape or form does the Dallas Stars organization condone or agree with the message that was sent out through Tyler Seguin’s Twitter feed last night. We’ve addressed the issue directly with Tyler and we’ll continue to work on educating our players regarding the importance of their conduct on all forms of social media.”
As for Seguin, he said he’s shutting down his Twitter account for a while and with this kind of embarrassing introduction to fans in Dallas, that’s probably for the best.
Matt Beleskey won’t be changing addresses this summer.
The Anaheim Ducks announced they’ve re-signed the productive depth forward to a two-year contract. Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times reports it’s worth $2.7 million over the term.
Beleskey had eight goals, five assists and 56 penalty minutes for the Ducks last season. As a grinding winger averaging around 12 minutes a game, Beleskey seemed to earn coach Bruce Boudreau’s favor last season.
On top of that, he played well against Detroit in the postseason scoring twice and adding an assist in their seven-game loss to the Red Wings. That makes for a good way to impress the boss.