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.
As impressive as the 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class is, there were still some noteworthy snubs. Here’s the argument in favor of Eric Lindros. (Sporting News)
Patrick Kane serenaded a crowd with his rendition of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’. It’s safe to say that if at any point in his life he was debating between a hockey and singing career, he made the right choice. (CSN Chicago)
Wally Stanowski, who won the Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs four times in the 1940s, has passed away at the age of 96. (Toronto Star)
Now with the Buffalo Sabres, Ryan O’Reilly doesn’t think there’s anything he would have done differently when it comes to his past contract negotiations with the Colorado Avalanche. (Denver Post)
Ottawa hasn’t given up on re-signing Erik Condra. (Ottawa Sun)
Max Talbot took to Twitter to shoot down the rumor that he wants to be traded. (CSN New England)
It looked like Mark Arcobello had finally found a home in Arizona, but now it seems that’s not the case.
The 26-year-old forward tied an NHL record last season by scoring at least a goal with four different teams in a single season. He started the campaign with Edmonton before being moved to Nashville for Derek Roy. The Predators waived him just a couple of weeks later and he only lasted roughly a month in Pittsburgh before he was once again exposed to waivers.
Arizona was his final and most productive destination last season as he scored nine goals and 16 points in 27 contests. That wasn’t enough to convince the Coyotes to give him a qualifying offer though and he is consequently poised to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
Although he’s been passed around, when a team has him, he is typically inserted into the lineup. He played in 77 contests last season and averaged 14:48 minutes despite all of the movement. He finished with 17 goals and 31 points, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him find a new home.
And who knows, maybe his next destination will be the one that sticks.
In a related story, the Coyotes also decided against qualifying former first round pick John Moore after he scored two goals and 11 points in 57 contests between the Coyotes and Rangers last season.
If you can say one thing about new general manager Don Sweeney it’s that he’s not afraid to make a trade. Plenty of analysts have chosen to say more though and much of it isn’t nice.
Boston acquired enforcer Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon in exchange for a third round pick. That’s an awfully high pick to give for a player that averaged 8:55 minutes per game in 58 contests and has had discipline problems leading to suspensions and bad penalties.
It also might be seen as the straw that broke the camel’s back after his recent controversial trades involving Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic. So naturally the reaction wasn’t kind…
And the one that perhaps best summarizes the general consensus:
Joe Haggerty expanded on that sentiment for CSN New England:
One begins to wonder exactly what the master plan is from the Bruins front office over on Causeway Street after witnessing their scattershot method to constructing the Bruins roster over the last few days.
It also makes one wonder where the 31-year-old Max Talbot fits into the picture after he was brought in to be the fourth line center for the Black and Gold following his deal from the Colorado Avalanche at last spring’s trade deadline.
You could make the argument that this is also the first trade Sweeney that had very little to do with former GM Peter Chiarelli. With Hamilton and Lucic, even if you disagreed with the return or the need to move them, an argument could at least be made that Sweeney was responding to the difficult cap situation he inherited from Chiarelli. That’s not applicable to the Rinaldo deal.
All that being said, general managers are critiqued on the individual moves they make, but typically their employment is dependent on the record of their team. Sweeney might be drawing plenty of criticism right now and a lot of it might be justified, but if his version of the Bruins are successful next season, then that will be that.
Related: Sweeney vows to return ‘aggressiveness’ to Bruins
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have inked Chris VandeVelde to a multi-year extension.
The terms of the contract weren’t released by the team, but it’s a two-year deal worth about $1.4 million, per the Philadelphia Daily News’ Frank Seravalli. He was coming off of a one-year, two-way contract that was worth $575K at the NHL level.
Going into the 2014-15 campaign, VandeVelde spent parts of the previous four seasons in the NHL, but he had never logged more than 18 games in a single season. He was able to firmly establish himself with Philadelphia though, scoring nine goals and 15 points in 72 contests. He logged 11:43 minutes per game, including an average of 1:41 minutes in shorthanded situations.
Philadelphia doesn’t have a lot of vacancies left on its roster and its cap position is fairly healthy. That being said, the Flyers still need to re-sign restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto and find an understudy for starting goaltender Steve Mason.
Agent Jarrett Bousquet has revealed that the San Jose Sharks have inked a five-year deal with his client, Brenden Dillon.
The financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately known, but he’s coming off of a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
Update: Dillon’s contract is worth roughly $15.9 million per CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz.
The 24-year-old defenseman had 10 points and 77 penalty minutes in 80 games with the Stars and Sharks in 2014-15. He also averaged 19:34 minutes per contest. He started the season with Dallas but was moved in November in exchange for Jason Demers and a 2016 third-round pick.
Although he was never drafted, Dillon signed an entry-level contract with Dallas in 2011 and became a regular with the team during the lockout shortened 2013 campaign, so he’s already a veteran of 209 contests.
Dillon is projected to join Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Justin Braun, and Mirco Mueller on the blueline next season, leaving the door open for the Sharks to acquire another defenseman via the trade or free agent market to round out their top-six.
Related: Report: San Jose interested in acquiring Bieksa