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.
Carey Price and P.K. Subban decided to engage in a playful fight during a Montreal Canadiens practice:
There are plenty of good rookies set to make the leap in 2015 outside of Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid. Here’s 10 of them. (USA Today)
Will Alex Ovechkin lead T.J. Oshie to new heights? (Puck Daddy)
The 2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks’ names are on the Cup:
Ryan Stanton is in the hunt for Washington’s seventh defensive spot. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
The New York Rangers’ opening game picture is starting to come into focus. (The Record)
The Winnipeg Jets struggled on the ice tonight, but head coach Paul Maurice’s dry wit was a cut above.
After suffering an 8-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild tonight, Maurice seemed to disapprove of Wild coach Mike Yeo’s decision to put out his top players in a preseason game that had already been decided.
“You get in those games, and they’re going to keep putting out good players,” Maurice said. “Like when they got an 8-1 lead. They got a power play. The best is coming out. In an exhibition game.”
He was deadpanned in his delivery, which prompted a reporter to ask Maurice if his initial comment should be taken as a sign that he’s frustrated with Yeo.
“No, no, I thought it was just an honor to be in the same building with him tonight,” Maurice replied.
You can watch it for yourself below:
The silver lining in all of this for Winnipeg is that, of course, the game didn’t count.
Minnesota’s Justin Fontaine probably won’t be available for the start of the season and it has nothing to do with David Clarkson.
While Clarkson was booted early from Thursday’s preseason contest for kneeing Fontaine, the Wild forward is dealing with an ailment from a separate hit that occurred later in the contest. Fontaine did exit the game after the Clarkson hit, but he attempted to return before leaving again.
Wild coach Mike Yeo described Fontaine’s ailment as a “sore side,” per the Star Tribune. The bench boss described the decision to hold Fontaine back as “precautionary” as they don’t want to “risk him injuring anything any worse.”
If he does miss Minnesota’s opener as expected, then it will be the second straight season a training camp injury has cost Fontaine.
His projected absence could lead to Tyler Graovac or Brett Bulmer potentially starting the season in the NHL.