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.
Chicago lost more than Patrick Sharp’s offensive contributions when they dealt him. (Chicago Tribune)
T.J. Oshie ran into one of the two players he was traded for, Troy Brouwer, while touring Kettler Capitals Iceplex. (Washington Post)
Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas feels prospect Frederik Gauthier is “an interesting paradox.” (Toronto Star)
While some might have predicted Matt Beleskey would end up with a significantly bigger contract than the five-year, $19 million deal he signed, Beleskey wasn’t one of them. (Boston Herald)
When Noah Hanifin woke up on Saturday, he wasn’t sure that he would be signing with the Carolina Hurricanes that day, but ultimately he felt ready to go pro after spending a season with Boston College. (The News & Observer)
It looks like Mike Gillis, the former president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, will be teaching Sports Law at the University of Victoria. (UVIC)
Finally, we already mentioned it on Saturday, but if you haven’t read Sheldon Souray’s retirement letter then it really is worth it. There’s strong language in it though, so please keep that in mind. (The Players’ Tribune)
In a letter authored for the Players’ Tribune, retired NHL defenseman Sheldon Souray reminisced about the players, personalities, executives and family members that helped shape his playing career, which has officially come to a close.
He also discussed how he finally got his big break in hockey as a teenager, following a brawl during his minor hockey days in Alberta and how that led him to play in neighboring British Columbia.
From the Players’ Tribune:
I could thank a million more people for making my life so special. I knew this had been coming for a long time, but when I woke up the first morning after officially announcing my retirement, I definitely had a heavy heart. It’s not the spotlight that I’m going to miss. It’s the moments of tedium spent with the boys. When I’m 70 years old and looking back on this wild life, I don’t think I’ll get nostalgic about skating out in front of 20,000 people, as cool as it was. But I will get a little misty for the times me and a few of the boys broke curfew after a terrible loss in Minnesota and sat around the hotel room with a case of beer, trying to solve the world’s problems.
It went fast. It was a blast. I can’t believe it happened.
I was just a wannabe who got to be. What a ride.
Armed with a wicked slap shot, Souray played 758 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 109 goals and 300 points. He also played in 40 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring three goals and 11 points.
His last NHL game came on May 12, 2013. That summer, he suffered a torn wrist ligament that eventually required surgery the following year.
The Anaheim Ducks will get a big blueline presence back when they host the Coyotes tonight.
Bryan Allen, the 6-foot-5, 225 pound rearguard that’s missed all 14 games this year with a lower-body ailment, is expected to be in the lineup this evening and make his season debut in the process.
Allen, 34, scored 10 points in 68 games for the Ducks last season — averaging 17:33 TOI per game — then upped that total to over 18 during the playoffs, in which he played all of Anaheim’s 13 contests. With him back in the lineup, head coach Bruce Boudreau will have almost his full compliment of defensemen available; the only one missing will be Ben Lovejoy, who is on injured reserve with a broken hand.
(Veteran Sheldon Souray, who hasn’t played since the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, is on non-roster injured reserve with a wrist problem.)