Morning Skate: Pacioretty on trading block in Montreal?


Morning Skate: Pacioretty on trading block in Montreal?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a safe and happy New Year!

*The rumors are beginning to swirl with the Montreal Canadiens and Max Pacioretty potentially being made available. Boy, it’s beginning to look like they traded the wrong player in initially deciding between PK Subban and Pacioretty, isn’t it?

*You’ve got to love David Pastrnak fooling around at morning skate and keeping everybody loose prior to Saturday night’s game in Ottawa.

*Jack Eichel is getting his right real spotlight NHL moment with the Sabres involvement in the Winter Classic, but he isn’t approaching it that way.

*Brady Tkachuk is making a name for himself with Team USA at the World Juniors, but clearly also has some family history to live up to as well.

*The recent play of Sergei Bobrovsky should be raising some concerns with a Blue Jackets team that needs him to be brilliant every night.

*Clayton Keller has enjoyed a brilliant first three months to his rookie season, but it’s looked lately like he needs to break through the rookie wall.

*For something completely different: Remembering all of the legends that we lost in 2017 in another rough year.


Morning Skate: Bruins troll Felger for lack of confidence

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Morning Skate: Bruins troll Felger for lack of confidence

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the Bruins are going into troll mode.

*Here is the aforementioned “troll mode” for the Bruins now that they’ve clinched a playoff berth. They came out with a marketing campaign where they’re dragging FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Felger for his early season take that the Bruins season is over. He also ripped the young players at the beginning of the year as well, so they used the sound from “Felger and Mazz” with video clips of David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy dominating for the Black and Gold, and shots of the young players mean mugging at the camera. It definitely shows that the Bruins perhaps care a little too much about what the media thinks about them, but it’s also a fair bit of clap-back toward a take that was a little too harsh on the B’s early in the season.

*What a great piece on the Stoneman Douglas hockey team as they embark on a national hockey tournament after winning at the state level in the weeks after the Parkland shooting.

*Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says the Hawks aren’t shaken even as they’ll be missing the playoffs for the first time in a long time. What a disappointing season.

*Despite a great season, Taylor Hall may end up missing the playoffs with the New Jersey Devils amidst his Hart Trophy-type season.

*Good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Auston Matthews is returning from injury ahead of the playoffs

*For something completely different: This new, updated version of the Karate Kid web series looks awesome with Billy Zabka and Ralph Macchio.



Cassidy eyeing possible Bergeron return this weekend

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Cassidy eyeing possible Bergeron return this weekend

Bruins star center Patrice Bergeron has been dealing with a fractured foot injury since late February. He sustained the injury while blocking a shot in the loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Coach Bruce Cassidy is predicting a return for Bergeron this weekend against the Minnesota Wild if he is medically cleared. He will be evaluated tomorrow.

Depending on the results from the evaluation, there might not even be a need to rush Bergeron back with the Bruins clinching a playoff berth in a 2-1 OT loss to the Blues yesterday evening.

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The Bruins currently sit six points behind the Tampa Bay Lighting for first place in the Atlantic Division. Ten games currently remain on the B’s schedule with the Presidents' Trophy also hanging in the balance.

If the B’s decide to make a run for the Presidents' Trophy, Bergeron would definitely provide a boost in play in addition to leadership for the final stretch of the regular season.