Morning Skate: Bruins not involved in Will Butcher negotiations


Morning Skate: Bruins not involved in Will Butcher negotiations

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while getting ready for Saturday’s #ClearTheShelters Day involving personalities and employees across the NBC Universal family here in New England, and most importantly the dogs and other animals that are looking for good, loving homes across the region. If you have room in your heart for a stray or rescue dog, this weekend is a great time to make it happen. 


*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer Mike Halford has a number of teams involved in the negotiations for Hobey Baker winner and suddenly free agent D-man Will Butcher, but the Bruins aren’t among them. Geez, didn’t somebody say the B’s should take a pass on this player? I wonder who that was. BTW, congrats to Halford and Jason Brough as they leave NBC and Pro Hockey Talk for other opportunities after a great run there. 


*Can the Maple Leafs kids avoid the sophomore slump this season after so many of them were brilliant last season in their first NHL go-round?


*Marc Spector says that the Leon Draisaitl negotiations will eventually end with the player coming to an agreement with the Oilers on a new contract. 


*Good buddy Nick Cotsonika has got the fun gig of traveling with a Golden Knights goodwill tour bus that’s traveling all over the areas around, and outside of, Nevada. 


*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Steve Buckley is wondering why the Bruins struggle in handling their best young players. It’s a legitimate question given their past with Seguin, Hamilton and Kessel, but let’s see what happens with David Pastrnak before totally crushing them. They know what they have, they value what they have and they’re not going to trade him. 


Interesting piece from Justin Bourne about how his views have changed after two seasons as an assistant coach in the Maple Leafs organization. 


*For something completely different: My dear Gare Bear advocates for the Celtics to trade Jayson Tatum for Kyrie Irving. Don’t you do it, Danny!

Bruins featured prominently on NBC national schedule

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Bruins featured prominently on NBC national schedule

The Boston Bruins are coming off back-to-back playoff seasons, so they won’t be any strangers to the national television audience in the upcoming NHL season.

The Bruins are set to be on NBC or NBCSN 14 times in nationally televised games during the 2018-19 season including the Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame, and their Oct. 3 season opener against the reigning Cup champion Washington Capitals in DC. The 14 games are tied with the New York Rangers for the fifth-most in the NHL behind only the Blackhawks, Capitals, Flyers and Penguins.

The B’s season opener vs. the Caps will actually kick off NBC’s NHL coverage for the regular season, which is set to include a whopping 109 televised games.


Other highlights from the NBC Networks broadcast schedule include a home game against the Atlantic Division rival Montreal Canadiens on Monday, January 14, a road game against the defending Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, February 20, and a home tilt on Thursday Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Lightning team that eliminated them in the playoffs.

Here’s the rest of the national television 2018-19 schedule for the Black and Gold that certainly has some games to circle on the ole hockey calendar:  

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, October 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, October 17: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN

Tuesday, January 1: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks (Winter Classic), 1 p.m., NBC

Monday, January 14: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, January 16: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, February 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 12:30 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, February 6: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Tuesday, February 12: Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m., NBCSN

Monday, February 18: Boston Bruins at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, February 20: Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m., NBCSN

Thursday, February 28: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, March 10: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, March 27: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, March 31: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN


Morning Skate: Mikita's legacy extends beyond the ice

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Morning Skate: Mikita's legacy extends beyond the ice

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the fog officially rolled in this morning.  

*NBC Sports announced their 109-game schedule for the NHL season, and it all starts with the Bruins season opener on Oct. 3 against the Washington Capitals. The Wednesday Night Rivalry games will be done away with and in its place Wednesday Night Hockey is going to feature a more diverse collection of teams and locations featuring non-traditional markets. It’s a great idea and completely called for given the emergence of teams like the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights.

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers on the lasting legacy of the recently passed Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita when it comes to his work in the community.

*Dylan Larkin got a pretty good deal from the Detroit Red Wings that was deserved given his youth and his production to this point. So why on Earth are we writing 1,000 word think pieces on this? Yeah, I don’t know either.

*Speaking of the Red Wings, it sounds like Henrik Zetterberg may be a giant question mark for this upcoming NHL season based on his health. While it’s a big blog to the Red Wings competitiveness for next season, it might be the best thing for a team that’s still nowhere near competing for a Stanley Cup at this point.

*Three big questions facing the Edmonton Oilers as they ready for a massive season that will undoubtedly have jobs on the line based on an expected return to the playoffs.

*For something completely different: Well, this is one way to discourage cruise ships from going by your coastal home.