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: 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: