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.
Before John Scott officially becomes a free agent, he decided to jokingly call out his former San Jose Sharks’ teammates. (CSN Bay Area)
With Jeff Skinner reportedly on the market, is there a chance that he’ll go to Pittsburgh? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jack Eichel has something in common with Indiana Jones. (Puck Daddy)
Dylan Strome talks about the nerves that come with draft day. (NHL.com)
The Boston Bruins recent draft history has been less than stellar. (Boston Herald)
Here are 10 players that might mess with people’s draft predictions. (The Hockey Writers)
Pekka Rinne has a new Mad Max inspired mask (Instagram)
The San Jose Sharks have reportedly signed goaltender Troy Grosenick to a two-year extension.
According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the deal is for $1.2 million and is a two-way deal for 2015-16 before becoming one-way for 2016-17.
Grosenick spent a bulk of the 2014-15 season with the American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks compiling a 20-13-3 record to go along with a 2.63 G.A.A. and a .906 save percentage in 36 games.
The 25-year-old also appeared in two NHL games with San Jose going 1-1-0 with a 1.53 G.A.A. and a .948 save percentage.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound goaltender out of Brookfield, WI was originally a free agent by the Sharks out of Union College in April 2013.
Related: Report: San Jose interested in acquiring Bieksa
On Thursday afternoon TSN reported that the Vancouver Canucks have approached Kevin Bieksa about the possibility of moving on.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that one of the teams interested in acquiring Bieksa’s services is the San Jose Sharks.
Bieksa, who has one-year remaining on his five-year deal with a cap hit of $4.6 million, has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause as of yet.
The 34-year-old appeared in 60 games for the Canucks during the 2014-15 season scoring four goals and 14 points while averaging nearly 21 minutes a night in ice time.
San Jose currently has four defensemen under contract for the 2015-16 season per Generalfanager.com.
Pending restricted free agent blue liner Brenden Dillon is expected to be inked to a long-term deal shortly leaving the Sharks with one vacancy on the back end.
San Jose currently has nearly $17.7 million in cap space for next season.
The New York Rangers have taken the next step in an attempt to trade goaltender Cam Talbot.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers have given the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres permission to speak with Talbot.
Friedman reports that teams are allowed to talk to the 27-year-old about how he would fit with the club and answer questions Talbot may have about the city, but are not permitted to discuss salary.
Talbot finished the 2014-15 season with a 21-9-4 record to go along with a 2.21 G.A.A. and a .926 save percentage in 36 appearances.
He is owed $1.45 million for next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Related: Chiarelli thinks Oilers will probably add a goalie before draft
The Edmonton Oilers have filled out Todd McLellan’s coaching staff. The club announced the hiring of Jay Woodcroft and Jim Johnson on Thursday.
Both Woodcroft and Johnston were assistants with McLellan in San Jose.
Prior to his stint with the Sharks, Woodcroft was an assistant in Detroit for three seasons and was a part of the Red Wings’ coaching staff for the club’s Stanley Cup win in 2008.
In addition to his time in San Jose, Johnson also spent time as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning. The 52-year-old served as the interim head coach of the Arizona Coyotes during the 1999-00 season.
Related: Oil change continued: Edmonton fires top scouts