Max Pacioretty

Morning Skate: Leafs vs. Bruins means Kadri vs. Marchand

Morning Skate: Leafs vs. Bruins means Kadri vs. Marchand

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while mulling over my NHL Awards ballot.

*One would expect there’s going to be a pretty good war of words between Nazem Kadri and Brad Marchand in the upcoming Bruins/Leafs series, and it will get nastier and grittier as the series moves along.

*Max Pacioretty said he’s “fallen in love with” Montreal as another Habs season ends without the playoffs. He may want to get ready for a painful break-up, just in case. It feels like some real changes need to be coming to that organization.  

*Part of the Cinderella story of the Vegas Golden Knights being in the playoffs is the charms of Las Vegas being part of the storyline. Today we bring you: A Marc-Andre Fleury likeness made entirely out of chocolate courtesy of one of the casinos in Vegas.

*Former UMass-Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck is not feeling any pressure as the guy at the back end of a loaded Winnipeg team ready for the playoffs.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz does a deep dive on comparing versions of Pete DeBoer’s Sharks teams, and what makes this season different.

*Damien Cox says that team-building in the NHL is being lost in the midst of overnight contenders for the Stanley Cup. Unless I’m mistaken the teams in last year’s Cup Final, Penguins and Predators, were long-term builds with some obvious tweaks both big and small that put them over the top. But I don’t see any real legit Cup contenders that are overnight successes, unless you are talking about the Vegas franchise. But I don’t think they’re a legit contender, so there’s that as well.

*A couple of first-class moves by the Boston Bruins Foundation to support the family and friends of the Humboldt Broncos, who are healing and will be in need of help for a long while after last week’s horrific bus accident.

*For something completely different: Damian Lewis is going to play late, ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford? Yeah, I just don’t see it.



Morning Skate: Coming this summer, second-chance Karlsson Derby

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Morning Skate: Coming this summer, second-chance Karlsson Derby

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while never underestimating the meaning behind a protective boot.

*It would have taken a mammoth deal for Erik Karlsson to move ahead of the Monday trade deadline and that deal never fully materialized for Ottawa. But for all of those teams that missed out on the Ryan McDonagh sweepstakes and, yes that means the Bruins as well, Karlsson is going to be back up on the trade block come this summer at the draft. So, get your best assets ready and clear off some cap space, and this two-time Norris Trophy winner could be yours.

*The first NHL trade deadline day for the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres was a pretty big dud and that includes only getting a second-round pick for Evander Kane.

*Larry Brooks details a bold, risky strategy by the New York Rangers to really shed a big part of their established roster with a team that still could have made the playoffs, and instead really rebuild it the right way to get a truly competitive team.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty opening up about some difficult days in Montreal with the Habs.

*It sounds like there is an HBO piece that is going to delve pretty deeply into the concussion issue with the NHL.

*For something completely different: Got to give some love to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bish for his piece on"Star Wars Rebels".


Morning Skate: Pacioretty on trading block in Montreal?


Morning Skate: Pacioretty on trading block in Montreal?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a safe and happy New Year!

*The rumors are beginning to swirl with the Montreal Canadiens and Max Pacioretty potentially being made available. Boy, it’s beginning to look like they traded the wrong player in initially deciding between PK Subban and Pacioretty, isn’t it?

*You’ve got to love David Pastrnak fooling around at morning skate and keeping everybody loose prior to Saturday night’s game in Ottawa.

*Jack Eichel is getting his right real spotlight NHL moment with the Sabres involvement in the Winter Classic, but he isn’t approaching it that way.

*Brady Tkachuk is making a name for himself with Team USA at the World Juniors, but clearly also has some family history to live up to as well.

*The recent play of Sergei Bobrovsky should be raising some concerns with a Blue Jackets team that needs him to be brilliant every night.

*Clayton Keller has enjoyed a brilliant first three months to his rookie season, but it’s looked lately like he needs to break through the rookie wall.

*For something completely different: Remembering all of the legends that we lost in 2017 in another rough year.