Detroit Red Wings

Morning Skate: Let the octopi fly in Detroit?


Morning Skate: Let the octopi fly in Detroit?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while it’s officially hockey season now that Bruins fans want everybody benched or sent to Providence after just three games.

*I’ve got to stay I hate the idea of the Red Wings banning diehard fans from their brand new arena for attempting to keep Detroit traditions alive. Is throwing an octopus on the ice inappropriate, or a relic from a bygone time? Maybe on some very PETA-ish level, but it’s also not hurting anybody except for the bank account of the fan that spent money at the fish market on the octopus in the first place. This feels more like a good way to alienate some of your hardcore fans.  

*Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice has no problem with his injured Jets players going fishing even if they can’t play in games right now.

*It’s pregame warmups, where a kid can be a kid…right David Pastrnak?

*Down Goes Brown has 10 things that we’ve learned so far in the NHL season just a week into the game action.

*Smaller defensemen are finally starting to get their due in the NHL after talent evaluators would avoid them in the old days.

*Sixty years ago today former Bruins trailblazer Willie O’Ree became the first AHL player to break the color barrier. It’s great to see O’Ree still around today serving as one of hockey’s great ambassadors to the players of tomorrow.

*For something completely different: Love hearing FOH (Friend of Haggs) Taylor Twellman going off on the US men’s soccer team after a weak loss to Trinidad and Tobago that keeps them out of the World Cup. Oof.


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.