Morning Skate: Tippett the next Kessel?


Morning Skate: Tippett the next Kessel?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying watching Justice League Action on Cartoon Network with my 4-year-old son. The episodes are short, but it’s funny, has great action and really covers so many different corners of the DC universe very effectively. 


*PHT writer James O’Brien has Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett thinking he has the upside of Phil Kessel as he enters his first training camp experience at the NHL level. 


*Tragic, moving piece from the Boston Globe’s Bob Hohler about the life and death of Cape Cod’s David Gove, and the unforgivable experience that ultimately drove him toward his premature death.  


*Steve Simmons has his Sunday Hockey Notes that includes the NHLPA certainly happy about the healthy chunk of change they’ll be getting from the massive deal for the naming rights for the Leafs home rink. 


*Apparently Auston Matthews used Pilates this summer as a way to unwind, and get ready for his encore sophomore effort with the Maple Leafs following his Calder Trophy winning rookie campaign. 


*St. Louis Blues head coach Mike Yeo gets ready for the start of NHL training camp with an eye on what’s happening in Houston. 


*Congrats to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Paul Dupont getting named one of the top-100 local hockey influencers by the New England Hockey Journal. Clearly I must have been ranked No. 101 on their extensive list. 


*For something completely different: The rumors continue to mount that Ben Affleck won’t be in the new Batman film helmed by Matt Reeves. Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne is one of the few things they’ve actually done right. This is going to backfire spectacularly on DC as they really prove they don’t know how to build an extended universe. 

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: