Morning Skate: Haggs' Atlantic Division All-Stars


Morning Skate: Haggs' Atlantic Division All-Stars

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while grinding through the NHL bye week. Here are my picks for the Atlantic Division team getting sent to the NHL All-Star Game, where a deserving player or three are going to be hosed by virtue of the small rosters for each division, and because each team needs to be represented. Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak miss out on deserving All-Star bids and Andrei Vasilevskiy gets royally snubbed because you can’t stock half the team with Tampa Bay Lightning players. But clearly, the Bruins deserve to have two spots given how well they've played in the first half of the season:  

F Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
F Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
F Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
F Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
D Mike Green Detroit Red Wings
D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
G Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Biggest snubs: Patrice Bergeron, Andrei Vasilevskiy, David Pastrnak, Frederik Andersen.

*With All-Star rosters due out later today, here’s the Pro Hockey Talk staff taking their stab at what those rosters will look like.

*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with the Big Jab up in Maine this morning talking Bruins hockey during their bye week.

*Interesting piece on the new Carolina Hurricanes owner where it sounds like there might be an embracing of the Hartford Whalers past, including possible NHL preseason games back in Hartford. Wouldn’t that be cool?

*This Winnipeg/San Jose flap is causing some ripples around the NHL and rightfully so given what a punch line that Winnipeg is much of the time in NHL circles. I like the Peg, and for my money, Edmonton is colder consistently than Winnipeg.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are in last place in the Central Division halfway through the NHL season. It sure feels like a shakeup is needed after Brent Seabrook was scratched on Tuesday night.

*For something completely different: Proving the Patriots are truly in their kitchen, the Pittsburgh Steelers are already guaranteeing playoff victories over them while not even playing them this week.



Morning skate: Why BU's Dave Quinn is leaving for the Rangers

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Morning skate: Why BU's Dave Quinn is leaving for the Rangers

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while not at all minding a Tampa/Vegas Stanley Cup Final, though I think Winnipeg still has a few cards up their sleeve to play.

*Boston University head hockey coach Dave Quinn will be the latest to jump from the college ranks to the NHL ranks as he’s headed to New York as the Rangers head coach. A tough call for Quinn, who could have stayed at BU as a lifetime gig, but the presence of people like Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury and the high-profile nature of the Rangers gig certainly must have made it too difficult to pass up. 

*Marian Hossa is sadly calling it a hockey career after a skin condition sidelined him a couple of years ago, and will be joining the Chicago Blackhawks organization. 

*Interesting Q&A with Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee about the Stanley Cup dreams in Vegas, and what it’s been like to watch the organization grow this season. 

*A brand new coach’s corner with Don Cherry talking about the importance of goaltending at this time of year with both Marc-Andre Fleury and Andrei Vasilevskiy standing out right now. 

*Ryan Callahan has inspired the Tampa Bay Lightning with his courageous play this season, and has certainly been a difference-maker on the fourth line for the Bolts. 

*Wondering what’s going on with the Philadelphia Flyers? Here’s a mailbag to keep you up to date with it all. 

Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

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Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

Boston University hockey coach David Quinn has agreed to a five-year, $12 million contract to become the New York Rangers coach, according to an ESPN report.

Quinn, 51, replaced college hockey legend Jack Parker at BU in 2013 and was 105-67-21 with the Terriers, reaching three NCAA regional finals with a runner-up finish for the national championship in 2015. Parker won 897 games in 40 years at BU, the third-most all-time and most for a coach at a single school.

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury and veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played at BU. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Bob McKenzie of TSN had each tweeted that Quinn was the leading candidate to replace Alain Vigneault as Rangers coach. Vigneault was fired the day after the regular season ended. New York finished 34-39-9 and last in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Rangers traded away veterans, including winger Rick Nash to the Bruins, at the trade deadline as they fell out of the playoff race and will likely try to rebuild with younger players under Quinn.