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.
Did you think Dustin Penner would score the series-clinching overtime goal last night? With how he’s bounced back in the playoffs maybe you should have. (NHL.com)
Things were bad on the ice for the Coyotes but they were better for them off it as the City of Glendale approved a city budget that would help them fix their lease for Greg Jamison to buy the team. (The Hockey News)
Meanwhile, David Shoalts doesn’t see things being quite so rosy with the team and its possible deal. (The Globe And Mail)
Devils players were pretty happy with Peter DeBoer yelling at John Tortorella. Who doesn’t like seeing coach get fired up? (Fire & Ice)
Know who had the best view of the coaches going at it? Pierre McGuire and he shared what it was like. (New York Times)
Nathan Horton is showing progress with his concussion symptoms and that’s great news. (CSNNE.com)
Jaroslav Spacek has nothing but nice things to say about playing in Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)
Hurricanes goalie Michael Murphy is taking his game to Russia and the KHL. (News & Observer)
Scouts have their work cut out for them analyzing this year’s draft class thanks to injuries. (Flames)
The Norfolk Admirals (Lightning) swept the St. John’s IceCaps (Jets) to book their spot in the Calder Cup finals. (Sportsnet)
Meanwhile, the Flyers fired their AHL team’s head coach Joe Paterson. (CSNPhilly.com)
Inside College Hockey is already prepped for next season putting out their Top 10 list for 2013. (INCH)
While news leaked out very early this morning about Montreal naming Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin to be their new GM, (now confirmed by the Canadiens) the one curious name in the running was NBC’s Pierre McGuire.
McGuire was a GM in the early 90s with the Hartford Whalers but has since become a major personality on TV as an analyst. On CJAD radio out of Canada, McGuire confirmed to Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber he was the runner-up for the Canadiens job. McGuire was also in the running for the job with Lightning assistant GM Julien Brisebois. Brisebois confirmed to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie that he also was turned down for the job.
McGuire’s been close to landing GM jobs in the past, but this opportunity with Montreal was the closest he’s come in years. While we’re more than happy to have McGuire stay on TV and fill us with information during broadcasts, you have to feel for him because he’s come so close to landing a GM job just to fall short.
As you must know by now, Sidney Crosby will make his long-awaited return to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup against the New York Rangers on Thursday night. (You’ll be able to watch it live on NBC Sports Network, by the way.) It’s a big game even beyond that with serious implications regarding the Atlantic Division title race, but you can be forgiven if your eyes are fixed on Crosby more than the standings.
With that – and his bombastic previous 2011-12 return – in mind, it might be tough to keep expectations in check. Mike Milbury and Keith Jones broke down what exactly we should (and shouldn’t) look forward to seeing from the biggest star in the sport.
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