PHT Morning Skate: Charles Barkley takes care of friend Jon Cooper in Chicago


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.

Prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper called his buddy Charles Barkley for a restaurant recommendation in Chicago. Barkley not only suggested a spot for Cooper, he made a reservations and took care of the tab for Cooper and his group of 20. (The Sporting News)

For those wondering what it might be like to play for newly appointed Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill, here’s a video of the 41-year-old addressing the club’s prospects during the 2014 development camp:

Sportsnet’s Gare Joyce breaks down the results between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel from last weekend’s NHL Scouting Combine. (Sportsnet)

Former NHLPA head Alan Eagleson was spotted ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago. The 82-year-old is a friend of Blackhawks’ executive Bob Pulford. According to Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, some are uncomfortable seeing Eagleson around the game again. (The Hockey News)

Noted Chicago Blackhawks fan, and wrestler, CM Punk recently called Hulk Hogan ‘a piece of garbage’ for backing the Lightning in the Cup Final. (Bar Down)

Austin Lemieux, the son of Mario, was drafted ninth overall at Tuesday’s North American Hockey League draft. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)