Matt Smaby

PHT Morning Skate: Where Parise watch rolls right along


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 Zach Parise the guy the Blackhawks really need? Tracey Myers asks the question. (

While other teams are busy fighting over Parise and Ryan Suter, the Kings are happy to sit back and take care of their own. (Los Angeles Times)

The New Jersey Devils mascot is apparently not a big fan of Parise Watch. Good thing he deleted the tweet. Bad news? The internet never forgets. (Twitter h/t to @unmatchedsock for the screen cap)

Justin Bourne thinks the free agent process needs some tweaking and I can’t say I disagree, either. (Backhand Shelf)

Panthers wunderkind Jonathan Huberdeau is looking like he’ll be a stud in South Florida next season. (On Frozen Pond)

Steve Ott is really fired up over going to Buffalo. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve got ever Boston-Buffalo game circled for next season. (Buffalo News)

Cody Franson’s negotiations with Toronto have everything to do with him having opportunities. (TSN)

Mark Whicker gets down and dirty with Sheldon Souray. Wait, that came out wrong. (OC Register)

Signings: Sharks sign Alex Stalock among others. (

Coyotes sign Chris Conner. (Coyotes)

Matt Smaby signs with Anaheim. (Ducks)

Finally, goalies are looking pretty sweet on EA’s NHL 13. (YouTube)

Small moves: Senators re-sign Bobby Butler, Flames trade for goon and Matt Smaby joins Ducks

Want to stay up to date on the smaller moves made around the NHL? Here are a few from July 14, 2011.

  • The Ottawa Senators re-signed Bobby Butler to a two-year deal. It is unclear if the contract is a one-way or two-way deal and the financial terms haven’t been revealed, but either way, it caps a busy day or so for Ottawa. The team also signed their first round pick Mika Zibanejad to an entry-level deal recently.

Butler seems like one of the Senators’ more promising young forwards. He split time between Ottawa and Binghamton last season, scoring 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 36 games at the NHL level. Butler scored 33 points in 47 AHL regular season games and returned to Binghamton for their playoff run, helping them win the Calder Cup by scoring 13 goals and four assists for 17 points in 23 playoff games.

  • The Calgary Flames sent their 2012 fifth round pick to the New Jersey Devils for long-named fighter Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond. Let one thing be for sure: “P3L” doesn’t have much use beyond his ability to punch and be punched. As far as that’s concerned, you can remember him for two fights.

Glass half-empty: He jumped Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson in a very ugly scene. He received a one-game suspension by the NHL but was demoted to the AHL and never played another game for the Devils.

Glass half-full: Many will remember him for his epic fight with Cam Janssen. The two fought for three solid minutes and, well, just watch for yourself by clicking on the link above.

That’s an amazing fight, but a fifth round pick seems like a heavy price to pay for a “player” the Devils clearly hand little interest in keeping.