Author: Mike Halford

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 14: Adam Burish #37 of the San Jose Sharks waits in an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 14, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

PHT Morning Skate: Burish says ‘getting out of San Jose will be for the better’


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.

Last month, the San Jose Sharks bought Adam Burish out of the final year of his contract. Now, Burish is out to “prove some people wrong,” adding that “getting out of San Jose will be for the better.” (Chicago Tribune)

Calgary farmhands Bill Arnold and Bryce Van Brabant have signed their qualifying offers. (Calgary Herald)

Former Toronto Maple Leafs first-rounder Tyler Biggs, widely considered a draft bust, is looking to shed that label after getting dealt to Pittsburgh in the Phil Kessel trade. (Post-Gazette)

Former Minnesota North Stars players will participate when the Minnesota Wild and Blackhawks hold their alumni game festivities prior to their Stadium Series outdoor game on Feb. 21 at TCF Bank Stadium. (ESPN 1500 Minnesota)

The Los Angeles Kings announced the signing of d-man prospect Erik Cernak, their second-round pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. (LA Kings Insider)

Richter Award winner McIntyre ‘absolutely’ wants shot at B’s backup gig

Zane McIntyre

With last year’s backup, Niklas Svedberg, now plying his trade in Russia, the Boston Bruins have a vacancy behind No. 1 Tuukka Rask — a position that University of North Dakota product Zane McIntyre would like to fill.

“Absolutely,” McIntyre said, per NESN. “As a hockey player, you’re super competitive in any position. We’re going to try our best to be the best, whether it’s on ice working, off the ice doing stuff as well.

“I’m going to put by best foot forward in every situation I can to maybe get that spot that’s ahead of me.”

This year’s Richter Award winner as the NCAA’s top goalie, McIntyre finished the season with a 29-10-3 record, a 2.05 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage, beating out the likes of Michigan Tech’s Jamie Phillips, Yale’s Alex Lyon, Michigan State’s Jake Hildebrand and St. Lawrence’s Kyle Hayton for the trophy.

In June, McIntyre signed with Boston — not long after Svedberg went to the KHL — and now appears primed to battle AHL Providence netminders Jeremy Smith and Malcolm Subban for the No. 2 gig behind Rask.

While it would be a fairly big leap for McIntyre to go straight to the NHL, it’s not an implausible scenario. He’s actually a year older than Subban and, like Smith, has yet to make his big-league debut. At the very least, McIntyre should challenge for the gig, though it remains to be seen if he can replicate the success he had at the collegiate level.

“Obviously, there’s no pro experience and stuff, but at the same time, you’re play is going to dictate what happens,” McIntyre said. “I’ll probably learn that maybe sooner than later with pro hockey.

“You play well, you’re going to keep playing. If not, you’re going to find the rubber for a bit.”

Coyotes give Shinnimin, Samuelsson matching $600K deals

Carolina Hurricanes v Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes have re-upped with a pair of AHL farmhands, agreeing to one-year, $600,000 extensions with Brendan Shinnimin and Phillip Samuelsson.

The extensions, reported by CBC, came after both players made their Coyotes debuts last season. Shinnimin, 24, appeared in 12 games while Samuelsson, acquired from Pittsburgh during the season, played in four.

While both players have spent most of their professional careers in the American League, they could have a chance at some minutes with the Coyotes next season — the club is embracing a youth movement and trying to “fast-track” some prospects to the bigs.

Granted, Shinnimin and the 23-year-old Samuelsson aren’t exactly kids, but they’re still young enough to be in the mix for spots.