Morning Skate: You're on notice, Winnipeg


Morning Skate: You're on notice, Winnipeg

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while lamenting the loss of the perfect season for the Patriots.

*After both the GM and coach got contract extensions following a disappointing season, it’s time for the Winnipeg Jets management group to get going and produce.

*Shayne Gostisbehere is making arrangements for his family in Florida ahead of the Hurricane that’s about to smack the Sunshine State.

*Pierre McGuire jumped on with Montreal sports radio and opined that Alex Galchenyuk should be a center for the Canadiens this upcoming season.

*Bo Horvat has signed a six-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks for $5.5 million per season just ahead of training camp. Some may want to draw a parallel to David Pastrnak’s negotiations, but 20 goals and 50 points aren't even close to the same as 34 goals and 70 points. That’s why $6 million a season isn’t going to get it done for the B’s 21-year-old game-breaking right wing.   

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the details of defenseman Cody Franson signing a PTO with the Chicago Blackhawks and showing exactly how tough the landscape is for veteran NHL players looking for jobs around the league.

*Interesting times as more and more hockey writers are joining up with The Athletic, including Eric Duhatschek leaving the Globe and Mail for the online sports destination.

*Dylan Strome is facing a key training camp with the Arizona Coyotes as he attempts to finally justify his first round draft status in his third try with the Desert Dogs.

*Jack Eichel is sure he’s going to remain with the Buffalo Sabres in the long term, and that means an eight year deal for a massive amount of money. There’s no guarantee it’s going to happen in this preseason, but it’s going to get done at some point between the Sabres and their franchise player.

*For something completely different: It must be intimidating for Steven King fans to get the gig writing a screenplay for a classic like “It”, but it also sounds like he nailed it if Rotten Tomatoes reviews are to be believed.



Karson Kuhlman questionable for Leafs game after missing Bruins practice

Karson Kuhlman questionable for Leafs game after missing Bruins practice

BRIGHTON – The Bruins are getting a little banged up as they now get a little deeper into the regular season.

Bruins right winger Karson Kuhlman was missing from Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena after getting hit in the leg with a Jake DeBrusk shot during Saturday night’s overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kuhlman was limited to 9:19 of ice time in the overtime game and has gone scoreless in the first nine games of the season while playing mostly a top-6 role for the Black and Gold.

Likewise, David Krejci was missing from Monday’s practice and will again be out Tuesday night against the Maple Leafs that will make his third consecutive game missed since suffering an upper-body injury in last week’s win over Anaheim.

Both Joakim Nordstrom and Par Lindholm were wearing no-contact jerseys in Monday’s practice as well, and the Bruins had the bare minimum 12 forwards to practice with after a day off the ice completely on Sunday.

“Kuhlman is day-to-day and we’ll see how he responds [on Tuesday]. So that we’ll determine in the morning,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Lindholm looks good to go. Nordstrom probably not as far along as [Lindholm] as far as being good to go, but that’s a decision we’ll make tomorrow. Krejci won’t play [on Tuesday] and we’ll see how it works out for later in the week.”

Both Krejci and Nordstrom are out for the Leafs game and it looks like Lindholm is going to be able to play, so the health of Kuhlman is the one unknown headed into the B’s next game.

The good news for the Bruins is that they continue to stay healthy on the back end, and perhaps the injuries upfront will force the B’s to finally call up Anders Bjork from Providence as a reinforcement after a hot start for the P-Bruins. Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Monday’s practice ahead of the Tuesday night rematch between the Bruins and Leafs this time at TD Garden:











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Brad Marchand puts opponent in headlock, opponent calls it 'a great play'

Brad Marchand puts opponent in headlock, opponent calls it 'a great play'

Lost in the big divisional games over the last few days for the Bruins against the Lightning and Maple Leafs was a small moment toward the end of Thursday’s shootout loss to the Bolts that could have meant an extra point for the B’s.

During the closing seconds of overtime, the Lightning had the Bruins scrambling in their own end and Brayden Point collected the puck along the sideboards after already putting up a couple of points in the game. Brad Marchand then opted to put Point in a headlock and lock down any chances of the Lightning ending the game ahead of the shootout with only a couple of seconds remaining in OT.

There was no penalty, and even if there had been there was really no downside to doing it since Marchand would have been free and clear to take part in the shootout, as he did, even if a minor penalty had been called on him. It was a smart hockey play from a smart hockey player that’s always looking for an edge and doesn’t mind going the outside-the-box route that includes throwing a headlock on the occasional opponent.

Obviously it didn’t work out as the Bruins ended up losing 4-3 to the Bolts in the shootout, but interestingly enough even Point was giving the habitually line-stepping Marchand credit for “a great play” after it was all over.

“I’m going for the puck, really it’s a great play,” said Point of Marchand, who has four goals and 12 points in eight games this season to go along with the one headlock. “There’s not much time, he breaks up a potential chance for us and he still gets to shoot in the shootout. There’s no real consequence for that, so really it’s a good play.”

With a pair of points earned in the last couple of games, the Bruins have a few more big games this week against the Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues. It remains to be seen if No. 63 has any more “really good plays” in his bag of tricks after the savvy, on-brand headlock from Marchand during last week’s tangle with Tampa.

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