Morning Skate: Hard not to overlook Senators' problems


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the final weekend without official NHL hockey has arrived.

*Matt Duchene thinks that the Ottawa Senators are being overlooked by everybody across the NHL. I think that plenty of people have been looking right at the Sens since the end of last season, and they’ve seen controversy and trouble everywhere. Whether it’s Mike Hoffman getting traded because of some kind of social media conflict between his girlfriend and Erik Karlsson’s wife, or it’s an assistant GM getting charged with allegedly assaulting a hotel employee at draft weekend in Buffalo, it’s been one piece of bad news after another. That doesn’t even count the complete mess that is the ownership of Eugene Melnyk. No, I wouldn’t say that the Senators are being overlooked. I’d say they’re being viewed as the dumpster fire that they truly are right now.

*Could it be? Tyler Seguin now sees the potential for a contract extension with the Dallas Stars after seeing disappointing things earlier this summer.  

*Buffalo Sabres rookie and No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin has scored twice in an impressive rookie tourney debut for the Sabres first-year player.


*Check out this nifty goal from Bruins prospect Jack Studnicka at the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo (at about the 15-second mark): 

*Oddsmakers apparently believe that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning have pulled ahead of the Bruins in the Atlantic Division.

*Interesting piece on Pro Hockey Talk where they believe that the Montreal Canadiens have completely wasted Max Pacioretty.

*For something completely different: The "Super Friends" cartoon debuted 45 years ago today on ABC. That was a game-changer on my Saturday mornings.