Morning Skate: Butcher signs with Devils


Morning Skate: Butcher signs with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while insisting that the Night King is going to pay for a new wall. 


*Will Butcher announced that he’s going to sign with the New Jersey Devils, which makes total sense given the wide open path he’ll have to an immediate NHL job. That was not going to be the case in Boston, and was a big reason why the Bruins were never going to be a factor in this particular NCAA sweepstakes. Instead it feels like a done deal that the B’s are going to give Kevan Miller a long look on the left side opposite of Charlie McAvoy, and we’ll see how that plays out in training camp.  


*Puck Daddy continues their summer “What if…” series wondering what would have happened had the San Jose Sharks moved on from Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau three years ago. 


*After an interesting, often spectacular and too abbreviated career with the Broad Street Bullies, Eric Lindros will have his No. 88 retired by the Philadelphia Flyers this season.


*PHT writer Adam Gretz has Arizona Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair under pressure this season after a disappointing year that ended with trade rumors. 


*It sounds like a Toronto Maple Leafs scout had quite the day for himself while reportedly taking a stolen golf cart on a drunken joy ride. 


*For something completely different: The newest version of Stephen King’s “IT” is due to hit theatres this week is getting a lot of early reactions as an extremely scary venture to the cinema. Damn, do I hate clowns. 

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.


Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: