Morning Skate: Coach Trotz to Caps: Quit the self-pity


Morning Skate: Coach Trotz to Caps: Quit the self-pity

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while another Bruins preseason is officially in the books.

*PHT has Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz urging the Washington Capitals to quit the self-pity routine after their latest playoff disappointment.

*It looks like Jimmy Hayes will continue to keep the NHL dream alive after reportedly signing a one-year deal for $700,000 with the New Jersey Devils after a tryout in camp. Maybe the contract situation will make him a hungrier player in Jersey than he was in Boston, but I’ll need to see it to believe it.

*PHT writer Adam Gretz has the details on former NBC play-by-play man and current Dallas Stars announcer Dave Strader passing away at 62 after a long battle with cancer. Strader was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, and the consummate professional when it came to his work in the hockey booth. My condolences to the Strader family that Dave was very much devoted to during his career.

*Jaromir Jagr is most definitely a beauty with this tweet as it looks like he may get an NHL gig after all this season. Who knew Jagr was a cat guy?

*Are the San Jose Sharks going to be able to muster enough for one last run at the Stanley Cup this season?

*For something completely different: The wild and crazy details inside the largest private home in America.



Morning Skate: Bruins troll Felger for lack of confidence

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Morning Skate: Bruins troll Felger for lack of confidence

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the Bruins are going into troll mode.

*Here is the aforementioned “troll mode” for the Bruins now that they’ve clinched a playoff berth. They came out with a marketing campaign where they’re dragging FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Felger for his early season take that the Bruins season is over. He also ripped the young players at the beginning of the year as well, so they used the sound from “Felger and Mazz” with video clips of David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy dominating for the Black and Gold, and shots of the young players mean mugging at the camera. It definitely shows that the Bruins perhaps care a little too much about what the media thinks about them, but it’s also a fair bit of clap-back toward a take that was a little too harsh on the B’s early in the season.

*What a great piece on the Stoneman Douglas hockey team as they embark on a national hockey tournament after winning at the state level in the weeks after the Parkland shooting.

*Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says the Hawks aren’t shaken even as they’ll be missing the playoffs for the first time in a long time. What a disappointing season.

*Despite a great season, Taylor Hall may end up missing the playoffs with the New Jersey Devils amidst his Hart Trophy-type season.

*Good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Auston Matthews is returning from injury ahead of the playoffs

*For something completely different: This new, updated version of the Karate Kid web series looks awesome with Billy Zabka and Ralph Macchio.



Cassidy eyeing possible Bergeron return this weekend

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Cassidy eyeing possible Bergeron return this weekend

Bruins star center Patrice Bergeron has been dealing with a fractured foot injury since late February. He sustained the injury while blocking a shot in the loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Coach Bruce Cassidy is predicting a return for Bergeron this weekend against the Minnesota Wild if he is medically cleared. He will be evaluated tomorrow.

Depending on the results from the evaluation, there might not even be a need to rush Bergeron back with the Bruins clinching a playoff berth in a 2-1 OT loss to the Blues yesterday evening.

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The Bruins currently sit six points behind the Tampa Bay Lighting for first place in the Atlantic Division. Ten games currently remain on the B’s schedule with the Presidents' Trophy also hanging in the balance.

If the B’s decide to make a run for the Presidents' Trophy, Bergeron would definitely provide a boost in play in addition to leadership for the final stretch of the regular season.