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.
Is Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien really a changed man? (Sportsnet)
Speaking of changes, Alex Burmistrov discusses the ones he went through in two years away from Winnipeg. (TSN)
Jacques Lemaire explains why he left the New Jersey Devils. (Newark Star-Ledger)
So, how is the “Shana-plan” going? (Toronto Sun)
Martin Jones’ new lid.
NHL fans aren’t the only people cringing at the thought of advertisements being placed on uniforms. Blake Wheeler isn’t on board with the idea, either:
Speaking of hockey sweaters, check out this clash of two great logos outside of the NHL. (The Hockey News)
Last summer, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge generated a ton of donations – and almost ubiquitous videos, sometimes ones that were very ambitious – for charity.
Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd tweeted his submission along with the hashtag #EveryAugustUntilACure on Tuesday, reminding hockey fans that the drive is going again in 2015.
He challenged Jonathan Toews, teammate Adam Lowry and TV personality Cabbie Richards to continue the icy promotion in his tweet and clip:
Hey, we can let the your/you’re thing slide just this once, Laddie.
As a bonus, here are a few memorable Ice Bucket Challenge entries from last summer.
Apparently Jonathan Toews already did one, does that exempt him from Ladd’s challenge?
To little surprise, Roberto Luongo’s submission brought some laughs:
Ryan Kesler did his part:
P.K. Subban would take the NHL-version cake:
… If it weren’t for BizNasty:
Yeah, it will require a bucket of creativity to top 2014.
The Winnipeg Jets will have a new East Coast Hockey League affiliate for the 2015-16 season.
The club announced it has partnered with the Tulsa Oilers for next season. The Jets were affiliated with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign last season, but Ontario is now the AHL affiliate of the L.A. Kings.
“We are pleased to embark on our new partnership with the Tulsa Oilers,” said Jets’ assistant GM Craig Heisinger. “Tulsa is an organization that shares our level of commitment to success and we look forward to working together to provide our players’ opportunities to further develop themselves on and off the ice.”
The Oilers, who have not had an NHL affiliate since partnering with the Colorado Avalanche and Lake Erie Monsters in 2010-11, have a history with Winnipeg. Tulsa served as the Jets’ primary affiliate from 1979-1982.
Jason Christie, who was named the new head coach of the Oilers last Thursday, has strong ties to the Jets organization as well. Christie had two separate stints with the Manitoba Moose during his playing days appearing in 88 games. He was also an assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves from 2008-10 under current Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.
Most recently Christie served was the head coach of the Ontario Reign – the Jets’ ECHL affiliate since 2013-14.
“We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with the Jets and the Moose,” said Oilers GM Taylor Hall. “Both teams are first-class organizations that share our commitment to winning and not only is this an exciting day for our fans, but it is also an important day for our players who want to continue their development and succeed at the next level.”
In May the Jets announced its new AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, would play at the MTS Centre beginning next season.