PHT Morning Skate: Hartford Whalers’ legacy endures


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.

Recently retired goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was the last of the former Hartford Whalers players to end his NHL career, but the legacy of the team lives on. (Canadian Press)

Carol Vadnais passed away at the age of 68. The former NHL defenseman played in 1,087 career games and won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. (

Evan Sporer of SB Nation goes into detail about Tomas Hertl’s fourth goal against the New York Rangers on Oct. 9, which he feels was the best of the season. If you need a refresher, this is what he did:

Zane Gothberg, who is coming off of a strong season with the University of North Dakota, has legally changed his name to Zane McIntyre. The Boston Bruins prospect has decided to take his mother’s maiden name to honor her as well as his grandmother. (CSN New England)

Given that NHL players have a tendency to peak in their late 20s (although there are numerous exceptions), are teams that handout eight-year deals taking too big of a risk? (The Hockey news)

Jeremy Morin has an opportunity to firmly establish himself with the Chicago Blackhawks this season. Whether or not he takes advantage of it remains to be seen. (Second City Hockey)