Dave Strader

Morning Skate: Nice Phil Kessel t-shirt, Ryan Reaves

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Morning Skate: Nice Phil Kessel t-shirt, Ryan Reaves

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving last rites to my fantasy football team, which was doomed from the start this season.

*This Phil Kessel “Thriller” t-shirt that Ryan Reaves wore while being interviewed the other night is pretty special. I can dig it.

*A beautiful version of the national anthem prior to the Dallas Stars game from Trevor Strader, honoring his late father Dave at the hockey rink where was beloved for his play-by-play calls and his gentlemanly demeanor.

*TMZ is apparently very enamored with video of the Nashville Predators team bus almost leaving without a couple of their players. Oh, the hilarity!

*Pro Hockey Talk has come up with a prospective list of NHL trade targets now that Matt Duchene has been dealt, and there are some interesting names on it including the aforementioned Kessel and Evander Kane.

*Speaking of the Matt Duchene deal, it wasn’t an easy one for Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion to make while flipping a popular player in Kyle Turris.

*For something completely different: Relax everybody, Diddy was only kidding about changing his name to “Brother Love.”

 
 

Morning Skate: Coach Trotz to Caps: Quit the self-pity

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Morning Skate: Coach Trotz to Caps: Quit the self-pity

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while another Bruins preseason is officially in the books.

*PHT has Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz urging the Washington Capitals to quit the self-pity routine after their latest playoff disappointment.

*It looks like Jimmy Hayes will continue to keep the NHL dream alive after reportedly signing a one-year deal for $700,000 with the New Jersey Devils after a tryout in camp. Maybe the contract situation will make him a hungrier player in Jersey than he was in Boston, but I’ll need to see it to believe it.

*PHT writer Adam Gretz has the details on former NBC play-by-play man and current Dallas Stars announcer Dave Strader passing away at 62 after a long battle with cancer. Strader was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, and the consummate professional when it came to his work in the hockey booth. My condolences to the Strader family that Dave was very much devoted to during his career.

*Jaromir Jagr is most definitely a beauty with this tweet as it looks like he may get an NHL gig after all this season. Who knew Jagr was a cat guy?

*Are the San Jose Sharks going to be able to muster enough for one last run at the Stanley Cup this season?

*For something completely different: The wild and crazy details inside the largest private home in America.