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.
So… Just why are the San Jose Sharks seemingly ready to do a rebuild? Sure they can deal Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, but why bust up a Stanley Cup contender? James Mirtle asked that question and says it doesn’t make a lick of sense. (Globe And Mail)
With Jordin Tootoo on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings and destined to be bought out, they’re wondering in Winnipeg if he’d be a good fit with the Jets. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Ron Wilson and Marc Crawford are both candidates to land the coaching job in Pittsburgh. What year is it again? (Toronto Sun)
With all the talk going on about the Washington NFL team’s nickname, some have asked what’s up with the Chicago Blackhawks. (Chicago Tribune, The Hockey News)
There are some in Edmonton who are expecting the Philadelphia Flyers to trade with the Florida Panthers to get the No. 1 overall pick and take Aaron Ekblad. That’d be a bold way for the host team to make a splash. (Broad Street Hockey)
The Team USA roster for the World Junior Evaluation Camp in August was released — Have a look at who USA Hockey is looking at for the next World Junior Championships. (USA Hockey)
New Jersey Devils prospect Steven Santini is one of those names and he spoke with Tom Gulitti about getting another shot to represent his country. (Fire & Ice)
Finally… The Arizona Sundogs of the CHL have been doing anything they can to drum up attention to sell tickets including burying their owner alive. (Canoe)
When Ron Wilson was coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs, his relationship with the rabid media there was dicey to say the least. Randy Carlyle, for the time being, seems to have a better handle on things these days.
Carlyle told the Leafs website he knows demands and expectations are a bit higher in Toronto than they were in Anaheim and he knows he has to be understanding of how things are there.
“You have to be honest and truthful, and you try to give them as much of the information that you deem necessary in the situation that you’re involved in,” Carlyle said.
“You respect the position that they’re in, be as honest as you possibly can be, and treat them the way you’d like to be treated.”
Common courtesy? Surely ye jest. Compare that to how Wilson handled things on occasion being uptight or even downright cruel to reporters and suddenly the feisty Carlyle seems like a dream.
If you judge Ron Wilson by his inability to bring the Toronto Maple Leafs to the playoffs, you’re ignoring a big chunk of his impressive coaching career. Perhaps the highlight of that time was when he helped the Washington Capitals make a surprise run to the 1998 Stanley Cup finals before the Detroit Red Wings dismissed them in little time. Combine that success and his ability to coach an attacking style (not to mention his willingness to embrace technology) and a reunion at least makes some sense.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes that there’s little chance of that actually happening, though.
“I know some are talking up Ron Wilson, Part Deux, in D.C., but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.”
McKenzie is probably correct, but it doesn’t change the fact that Capitals GM George McPhee has some really tough questions to answer this season – starting with his new head coach and what direction the team will take. There are mixed feelings about how long McPhee will take to choose the next bench boss – some say before the draft, McKenzie says it could happen as late as August – yet either way this looks to be a pivotal summer for a franchise suffering from a bit of an identity crisis.