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.
Playing off of Zach Galifianakis’ webseries “Between Two Ferns”, Anaheim Ducks’ forward Ryan Kesler hosts his own segment called, “Betweeen Two Zambonis”. His first guest was defenseman Cam Fowler. Have a look:
George Parros and the crew at Violent Gentlemen introduced new jerseys by reenacting the “GAME ON!” scene from Wayne’s World. (Bar Down)
After his latest knee surgery, San Jose Sharks’ forward Raffi Torres is optimistic he’ll be ready for the start of next season. (San Jose Mercury News)
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With news of the Leafs scratching Nazem Kadri for disciplinary reasons, Sportsnet analyst Doug MacLean discussed hiring a private investigator to follow Nikolai Zherdev while he was the GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Sportsnet)
A Devastating hit in a Swedish Hockey League playoff game leads to ejection. (Puck Daddy)
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Last week, on Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan, MacLean fuelled the speculative fires by saying he’s been approached again.
“I’m going to think about it. Because it’s an honour to me. It’s a real honour to be considered. Don’t you think?”
MacLean made those comments on his national daily hockey show, after CBC suggested last week that MacLean was a darkhorse candidate to run in the next leadership convention now that current party Leader Olive Crane has resigned.
MacLean said he’ll give the vacancy some serious consideration.
“It’s something I’ll think about over the next year probably, and again, it’s kind of an ideal situation because it’s a little ways away. It’s not like the last time where I had to make a decision in actually two weeks. I just simply couldn’t do it. But it’s something to think about.”
MacLean has been working as both a TV and radio analyst since being fired from Columbus in 2007. The Blue Jackets never had a winning season under his leadership, posting a 172-258-62 record.
Today’s wild rumor: John Ferguson Jr. as future Blue Jackets GM?
If you haven’t noticed, things aren’t going so hot in Columbus. They’ve already fired Scott Arniel as their coach, they’ve got a host of injuries making life harder, and GM Scott Howson’s job could be in jeopardy come season’s end.
Ferguson was the Leafs GM from 2003-2008, a tenure that saw the Leafs make the playoffs in his first year in charge and never again after that. Ferguson was famous (infamous?) for signing veteran players to hefty contracts with no-trade clauses and having a poor drafting history. He’s also the guy that traded Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft. Yikes.
If Ferguson wound up in Columbus, the possibility of seeing things improve would not be very positive given his track record.
It’s just a rumor and Garrioch’s track record with rumors isn’t stellar, but if there are legs to this at all Jackets fans should be demanding better of everyone in charge of the franchise. With how poorly things went under Doug MacLean and now with Scott Howson, seeing Ferguson wind up in the same role would just be another shot in the gut to a fan base that doesn’t have much else left to give.