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: Is the NHL playoff system broken?

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Morning Skate: Is the NHL playoff system broken?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while the Bruins are finally back in Boston.  

*Larry Brooks says that the NHL playoff system is broken as it continues to “pass off mediocrity as parity.” I don’t really agree that there’s a big problem, but it will be too bad that one of the Eastern Conference’s two best teams (Boston and Tampa Bay) will be done after the second round of the playoffs.

*A pretty cool gesture from the Montreal Canadiens as a group of them wore turtlenecks during warm-ups on Saturday night prior to playing Tomas Plekanec for the first timer as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

*Congrats to the Team USA Paralympics squad for capturing another Gold Medal for the Red, White and Blue. What a great story they are.   

*Evander Kane opens up about Winnipeg, his past on social media and hockey culture as he seems to have found a place where he’s comfortable in San Jose.

*The Carolina Hurricanes are suspending their GM search until the group of available candidates can widen in the offseason. That was probably always for the best.

*The New York Islanders are getting a little weird with things here late in the season as they’re taking a look at John Tavares on the wing. Hmmm. Seems like an odd move.

*For something completely different: A great return for Bill Hader to Saturday Night Live where he revisited a number of his best characters.


Backes escapes skate blade situation with deep cut that 'wasn't too dangerous'

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Backes escapes skate blade situation with deep cut that 'wasn't too dangerous'

TAMPA – David Backes certainly didn’t escape the scary situation with an errant skate blade unscathed, of course. 

The 33-year-old limped his way to the Bruins team bus out of Amalie Arena after Boston’s 3-0 shutout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and needed approximately 18 stitches to close up the gash on his right thigh. But Backes was still able to joke about it as he exited the dressing room while knowing that it could have been much, much worse with that kind of freak accident on the ice. 

"I'll play a second period one of these days,” said a smiling Backes, who was forced out of Saturday night’s loss with the skate blade cut in the last minute of the first period and exited the Florida loss as well after catching a match penalty in the first period as well. Luckily for him, there was no structural damage to Backes’ right leg after Yanni Gourde caught him in the thigh area as both players were down on the ice around the Tampa net.

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There was a lot of blood, however, as he quickly exited the ice, sped past the bench and headed right to the Bruins dressing room with Bruins trainer Donnie DelNegro trailing right behind. 

“I went in and saw him between periods. He’s okay. There’s no structural damage. There will be concern going forward about swelling or infection, but it looks like he’ll be okay. We’ll classify him as day-to-day, but I don’t know if he’ll be ready to play on Monday,” said Bruce Cassidy of Backes, who actually scored the second goal of the game for the Bruins as a power play strike. “You see a guy coming off like that and you see the blood pooling up, and you’re always worried they could hit an artery somewhere. He was able to get up. That was the first good sign and he was able to be tended to quickly. 

“It is scary. But we were told it would be a deep cut that would require some stitches, and it wasn’t too dangerous.”

For now it just becomes an eventful month for Backes where he’s been suspended, tossed out of a game with a match penalty and now forced out of a game after a freak skate blade incident, but there’s no doubt he’ll return better and stronger than ever in rapid fashion as he’s done through the last two seasons with the Bruins.