Morning Skate: Donato among the Calder candidates this season


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a happy and safe Labor Day. Pearl Jam was pretty awesome at Fenway last night.

--The Hockey News is out with their Calder Trophy candidates for each of the 31 NHL teams, and Ryan Donato is the top contender from the Bruins organization after flashing at the end of last season. Donato is an interesting name to watch among some of the perhaps more high profile rookies coming into the league like Rasmus Dahlin, but if Donato wins a top-6 winger role in camp he could be in a position to rack up some pretty good numbers this season. I like Donato as a dark horse pick for the Calder given how productive he was in his brief NHL stint last season combined with the opportunity in front of him.

--Artemi Panarin to the Dallas Stars is unlikely, but would be glorious fun according to Pro Hockey Talk. I still wouldn’t rule out the Bruins tossing their hat into the ring if the price becomes reasonable for them. The fit would be great with the Black and Gold, but they understandably don’t want to risk him fleeing in free agency at the end of this season, which might happen to whichever team ponies up and trades for him.

--As we’ve mentioned a couple of times, Tyler Seguin is disappointed with the state of contract extension talks in Dallas.


--Brock Boeser did a very good social media thing recently when he exposed a hateful troll and got them suspended from the platform.

--Connor McDavid wants to score more goals for the Oilers, and thereby help their chances of getting into the playoffs. That seems to make logical sense.

--For something completely different: A good piece of the longstanding marriage between Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth, and what makes it all work.