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Morning Skate: Habs struggling to sell out home opener

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Morning Skate: Habs struggling to sell out home opener

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while officially on board with the Last Jedi trailer.  

 

*It looks like there are still some tickets available for the Habs home opener, which is unthinkable for the Bell Centre. That kind of tells you the uneasiness with which Canadiens fans are looking at their hockey team up in Montreal right now with them off to such an uninspiring start. I hate to say I told you see, but the Habs fans are getting something very similar to Michel Therrien in Claude Julien: A conservative coach that’s always going to choose defense and veteran savvy over offense and youthful excitement, and somebody that is going to struggle at times to generate the necessary offense and finish. I think he’s one of the best people in the NHL off the ice in terms of class and grace, but he’s a bit of a dinosaur in the new fast, skilled and youthful NHL.  

 

*Examining the contributions and journeys to the NHL for a pair of college players in Will Butcher and Alex Kerfoot that have been tangentially connected along the way. 

 

*Former Boston College defenseman Mark Matheson makes it a long term commitment with the Florida Panthers and signs an eight year deal with the organization. 

 

*Is Auston Matthews ready to take the USA Hockey mantle away from Patrick Kane after a stellar opening to his sophomore season? 

 

*Vegas is hoping that tonight’s Golden Knights home opener is going to help the Las Vegas community heal after last week’s horrific shooting massacre. 

 

*For something completely different: As I said before, I am completely on board with the Star Wars trailer. Sign me up and get me the tickets. 

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

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Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.

 

Morning Skate: No place for Gudas’ slash on Perreault

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Morning Skate: No place for Gudas’ slash on Perreault

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the new Brown Sugar Cinnamon coffee flavor at Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not Cookie Dough, but what is after all?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer James O’Brien has the details on Radko Gudas getting ejected for an ugly, reckless and dangerous slash to Mathieu Perreault’s head last night. Gudas should be facing a long suspension for a play that has no place in the NHL. It’s time for Flyers fans to stop making excuses for a player who’s no better than a cheap-shot artist and hatchet man. He has to face the music for consistently trying to hurt his fellow players.  

*Frank Seravalli has some of the details for a historic GM meeting in Montreal where NHL hockey was born in the first place.

*You always need to link to a service dog being part of the pregame face-off ceremonies. That’s like a rule here at the morning skate?

*Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to a seven-year contract extension, according to reports from the Athletic.

*It’s been quite an eventful year for Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet and some of it has been to the extreme both good and bad just a month into his first year as bench boss.

*For something completely different: Chris Mannix is all-in on the Celtics being the front-runners in the Eastern Conference after their big win over the Golden State Warriors.

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