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Morning Skate: Derek Sanderson's remarkable second act


Morning Skate: Derek Sanderson's remarkable second act

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while everybody is working for the weekend.

*I am always a sucker for an article about Bruins legend and charismatic raconteur Derek Sanderson, so here it is this time from Dan Robson about his turnaround in the game of life. Sanderson’s ability to beat back his demons and have a great second act in life is one of the all-time good hockey stories of redemption and perseverance.

*It certainly looks like Andreas Athanasiou is preparing for life without the NHL and the Detroit Red Wings.'s Pro Hockey Talk has the details.

*Can Connor McDavid score 100 goals in a single season and break Wayne Gretzky’s long-standing record? That’s what Jaromir Jagr thinks.

*The Rangers had some bright spots from their opening night effort, and much of it centered around their young forwards.

*It’s been eight years since the Carolina Hurricanes have made the playoffs, but they are the trendy pick to get back into the postseason mix this spring.

*For something completely different: Great piece from Joon Lee about former Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland and his life since he had to retire from baseball due to surgeries to repair malformation of the blood vessels in his brain.



Morning Skate: Why no youth movement between the pipes?


Morning Skate: Why no youth movement between the pipes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with the NHL in full bloom.

*There is most definitely a youth movement across the NHL over the past few seasons, but that hasn’t really extended to goaltending. Interesting piece from Kevin Woodley.

*The Carolina Hurricanes make a bit of an unconventional decision and decide to split the captain duties between Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk.

*At opposite ends of the spectrum in their NHL careers, Connor McDavid and Patrick Marleau demonstrate the fine art of anticipation on opening night.

*The Columbus Blue Jackets got a taste last season under John Tortorella while getting back into the playoffs and now they want the whole damn thing.

*Solid piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Divver about the good times that continue to roll for the Providence Friars.

*Kevin Shattenkirk is living out his dream playing the defenseman position for the New York Rangers, and his family is along for the ride.

*It sure sounds like Jiri Hudler needs to be put in timeout after reportedly causing a pretty nasty ruckus on a Delta flight.


*Nico Hischier is past the hype of being selected first overall in the draft, and now he’s looking forward to getting his NHL career going.

*For something completely different: Some cryptically teased spoilers for the Season 6 twists and turns on “Arrow”.


Morning Skate: McDavid's deal is highest value in the NHL


Morning Skate: McDavid's deal is highest value in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while NHL training camps, and thereby the wonderful game of hockey, are set to get going at the end of the week.

*The massive contract handed out to Connor McDavid by the Edmonton Oilers is the highest value contract in the entire NHL, according to analytics. It certainly is great value if he continues to stay healthy, which is always the most difficult thing to predict for any of these young athletes.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Rosen takes a look at the storylines from training camp in each of the Eastern Conference markets, and of course the biggest story with the Black and Gold is the unsigned status of David Pastrnak.

*A good 1-on-1 interview between Frank Seravalli and Winnipeg Jets young star Mark Scheifele as that team embarks on an extremely important season.

*After some speculation in recent days that he might bolt when given the chance in free agency, Drew Doughty said he wants to remain in LA and keep winning games with the Kings.

*Could Snoop Dogg be getting into the hockey ownership game after being a proud wearer of hockey jerseys for years? One thing is for sure: Any team owned by Snoop would have some pretty awesome post-win celebrations after big victories.

*Brendan Shanahan is smartly not buying into the hype surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs with the franchise depending on so many young players that are still developing their respective games.

*For something completely different: As it happens, the “It” smile is completely terrifying with or without the clown makeup.