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.
Sure he doesn’t have Shea Weber’s looming size, booming shot or kabooming hits, but there are some who believe that Ryan Suter might be more important to the Nashville Predators than his attention-grabbing partner. (Section 303)
Want the lowdown on the guy who trolled pancake-loving Los Angles Kings forward Dustin Penner with an Aunt Jemima container? Fake Chris Kontos has you covered. (The Royal Half)
Tomas Vokoun apparently wants to play the puck more often going forward. No word on if he’s invested in Bad Idea Jeans, too. (The Washington Times)
I haven’t seen a story about the historical ramifications of this, but John Erskine received a triple-minor penalty in Washington’s 3-0 win against Montreal last night. He received a double-minor for high-sticking and a single minor for elbowing. It’s a solid testament to the Habs’ futile power play that the Capitals still left the game with a shutout, though.
How different are the Capitals under Dale Hunter, really? (CSNWashington.com)
Peter Mueller produced a glorious three-point night that many – myself included – worried wouldn’t happen again after his most recent bout with concussions. (All Things Avs)
Don’t look now, but the Jiri Hudler that the Detroit Red Wings once really missed seems to be back to that form – or at least close. (Detroit Free Press)
Mike Boone says that you “had to stay up late to gauge precisely how bad things are for your Montreal Canadiens.” I prefer broad strokes rather than precise aims, however, so I’ll just tab things as “really bad” for now. (Habs Inside/Out)
The Carolina Hurricanes made a trade with the Florida Panthers that includes Evgeni Dadonov, who better be known as “Big daddy” if that isn’t already his nickname.* (Hurricanes)
Click on the link to read Brian Burke’s “Ally Award” acceptance speech. (Maple Leafs)
Finally, here’s something from then “I totally meant to do that” department: Western Michigan’s fake/double slap shot:
* – What’s the deal with people calling each other “Big daddy,” by the way? That’s one creepy term of endearment.