Morning Skate: Pirri gets a tryout deal to return to Panthers


Morning Skate: Pirri gets a tryout deal to return to Panthers

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while glad I got to skip the Fred Compliment Combine.

*The Florida Panthers were the team where Brandon Pirri had some of his best success in the NHL, and they’re looking for more of that while giving him a PTO for training camp. Pirri is among a slew of veterans agreeing to tryout deals this summer.  

*The Vancouver Canucks are among a number of teams still keeping a light on for veteran winger Thomas Vanek, who has yet to sign a contract with any team. It’s a little surprising that a player of Vanek’s production level is still without a team, but he’s a big, slower, skilled body in a league going for faster and sleeker. Could the Bruins be interested in a player like Vanek? It’s possible if he came to camp on a tryout, but I really think the B’s are committed to looking at their young forwards before going the veteran route.

*Pride of Melrose, Mass., Conor Sheary, shared his day with the Stanley Cup among a group of locals that have supported him in his career.

*PHT has the details on legendary Shane Doan retiring after 21 seasons of stellar NHL player for the Arizona Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets. Doan is one of a number of veteran players that didn’t end up signing this summer and it will be interesting to see if he possibly finishes up his career by playing in the Olympics for Team Canada this winter. Four hundred-plus goals and almost 1,000 points with his notoriously rugged style is quite a body of work.

*The Calgary Flames may be going young with their bottom pairing defensemen this season, and that’s not a big surprise given some of the big names on their back end.

*Puck Daddy has some interesting details on hockey becoming a surprisingly popular sport in the Philippines.

*For something completely different: It’s awful what’s going on in Texas, so here’s a link to the Red Cross, where you can donate to help with all the efforts to help those people affected. Thoughts and prayers are with all of them.



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: