Morning Skate: Look out for that Zamboni!

Morning Skate: Look out for that Zamboni!

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while NHL hockey is officially back “on!”

*It was a brush with a cruel hockey fate for one European player as he was nearly run down by a Zamboni while doing a live interview on ice. You’ve always got to have your head on a swivel there.

*Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is making an effort to join the conversation in changing awareness of mental health. Good for him.

*Interesting piece on St. Louis Blues goaltender and former UMass Lowell goalie Carter Hutton getting into the winery business.

*The owner of the Ottawa Senators has hired a PR firm to try and mend some fences with his fans after some really regrettable recent statements about possibly moving the team amid tough attendance issues.

*Larry Brooks writes that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Rangers could make the playoffs. Just a couple of days ago Brooks wrote that there’s going to be a fire sale for Rangers players. So, umm, which is it?

*For something completely different: While the big hype this week is going to be on how good the Black Panthers is going to be, the trailer for “Ant Man and the Wasp” is also very strong as well. Love that they’re using the Adam and the Ants music for it. That’s a nice touch.  


NHL trade rumors: Bruins among teams interested in Micheal Ferland

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NHL trade rumors: Bruins among teams interested in Micheal Ferland

The NHL trade deadline isn't until Feb. 25, but the rumor mill is already churning. 

Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland is one of the players to watch as the deadline approaches. He is in the last season of his contract and will be eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer. The 'Canes are seven points out of a wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference entering Wednesday's games, so there's still a chance for them to get in. However, if they fall any further and/or get the sense Ferland won't re-sign, trading him becomes the best option.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, in his "31 Thoughts" column Wednesday, listed several teams interested in Ferland, and the Boston Bruins are among them.

4. The list is longer, but Boston, Edmonton, Pittsburgh and Vancouver are among those interested in Micheal Ferland.

Ferland has tallied 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 39 games this season. He posted a career-high 21 goals last season.

The Bruins definitely need another forward. However, a top-six forward is the most pressing need up front for the B's, and Ferland isn't that type of player. He would be better suited on Boston's third line, where he could provide scoring depth and a physical presence at 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney gave up a first-round pick as part of the trade that brought top-six winger Rick Nash to Boston before last season's trade deadline. The trade ultimately didn't work out due to injury, but it was worth the risk since the B's looked like a Stanley Cup contender. Ferland would be a nice addition for the Bruins, but giving up a first-round pick to get him would be a steep price that's not worth paying.

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Losing Colby Cave on waivers 'a loss for the Bruins organization'

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Losing Colby Cave on waivers 'a loss for the Bruins organization'

The Bruins were pleasantly surprised by the performance of Colby Cave after calling him up from Providence a couple of months ago.

The 24-year-old center was clearly not a scoring machine with just a goal and five points in his 20 games with the Bruins, but Cave had shown good hustle, a non-stop work ethic and never seemed like his NHL moment got too big for him. Those are all impressive traits for a player going through it for the first time at the NHL level, and that’s probably why Cave didn’t make it through after being placed on waivers by the Bruins this week.

Cave was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, as it was current Oiler GM Peter Chiarelli who signed him in Boston as one of the last things he did before getting fired a couple of weeks later. Clearly the Bruins were hoping that Cave would get through waivers to clear the way for him to be sent back to Providence after a number of healthy scratches, but Bruce Cassidy also wished the young forward good fortune in the Western Conference.

“I’ve got a fondness for him. I had him down in Providence too, and I’ve always got a fondness for the guys that pay their dues in the American League,” said Cassidy. “Now he gets an opportunity somewhere else. It’s a loss for the Bruins organization because he’s an asset, but it’s a great day for the person."

“It’s a mixed bag, but I’m happy for him right now because I hope he gets another opportunity to play there. Who knows how it will play out? [But I hope] he gets a chance to extend his career in the NHL. As far as the player goes, he’s a good kid that works hard and is a solid depth player. He’ll probably have a better opportunity there than he was getting here recently.”

With young prospects like Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Trent Frederic poised to get extended looks as bottom-6 centers at the NHL level, it was clear that there wasn’t going to be much of a future for Cave with the B’s no matter how much he was liked by the coaching staff. But the Bruins also lose a player for nothing that could have served as good organizational depth if injuries crop up for Boston in the second half of the season.

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