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Morning Skate: Plenty of lingering Erik Karlsson talk the day after his seismic trade went down

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Morning Skate: Plenty of lingering Erik Karlsson talk the day after his seismic trade went down

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the Bruins actually kick off their preseason schedule this weekend. It’s amazing how quickly that gets going. 

*With Max Pacioretty and Erik Karlsson both traded out of the Atlantic Division over the last few days, more teams in Boston’s division like the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators are embracing massive rebuilds. Now with the news that Henrik Zetterberg’s career is over due to back woes, there’s another team in Detroit that’s saying goodbye to one of their star players and probably taking a hit in the short term because of it. Clearly the Florida Panthers are going to be a competitive playoff-level team and the Buffalo Sabres could surprise if Rasmus Dahlin really flourishes in his first NHL season, but it sure looks like there are some big time tomato cans at the bottom of the Atlantic Division for this coming year.  

*Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee sits down with Pierre Lebrun to talk about the Western Conference landscape with the Sharks landing Erik Karlsson in a big time move that makes them instant Cup contenders. 

*Speaking of which, here’s the rundown on Erik Karlsson getting shipped from Ottawa to the San Jose Sharks. It was an expected move given that he wasn’t going to sign with the Sens, and based on the second grade return that Pierre Dorion got for one of the NHL’s elite players. Don’t feel bad, though, Bruins fans. You weren’t ever going to have a chance at Karlsson because there’s no way on this hockey earth that Ottawa was going to send him to a division rival and then watch him tear his old team up on the regular. Instead they shipped him across the country and what they hope is an out of sight, out of mind-type situation. 

*Corey Crawford is on the ice getting some work in during Chicago Blackhawks training camp, but the Hawks goalie won’t be practicing with his teammates to start camp after health issues shut him down last season. 

*Interesting piece on David Tippett helping to put together the pieces for the NHL expansion franchise in Seattle. 

*For something completely different: A question I’ve never asked myself, are Scooters saving cities or destroying them

David Pastrnak named MVP of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

David Pastrnak named MVP of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

The Atlantic Division may have come up just short in their quest to win their first NHL All-Star Game title since the league moved to a 3-on-3 tournament format for the big event. But David Pastrnak still took home one of the biggest accolades of the evening.

Pastrnak was named the All-Star Game MVP thanks to his strong performance on the ice.

Pastrnak edged out Leon Draisaitl, Matthew Tkachuk, and Anthony Duclair for the award which was voted on by NHL fans. Here's a look at the NHL's poll, courtesy of their official Twitter account.

Of course, a notable name is missing from that list: the San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, who scored five total goals including the game-winner for the Pacific Division. Nonetheless, Pastrnak is going home as the MVP and become the first Bruins player to take home the award since Bill Guerin in 2001.

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Pastrnak had a hat trick in the Atlantic's first game, a win over the Metropolitan Division, and finished the night with four goals and two assists in the two games. Certainly, his performance was MVP worth even if there were a couple of other deserving candidates.

Hopefully, Pastrnak playing in the All-Star Game helps to keep him locked in moving forward. He has been one of the league's best scorers this year and is on pace to shatter his career-high in goals and points if he stays healthy.

The Bruins will need him to keep producing if they want to hold on to win the Atlantic Division.

David Pastrnak nets a beautiful All-Star Game goal on excellent backhand

David Pastrnak nets a beautiful All-Star Game goal on excellent backhand

The 2020 NHL All-Star Game was an offensive showdown, as usual, and throughout the night, the NHL's best players made some excellent plays and scored some beautiful goals.

But were any of them better than David Pastrnak's backhand score during the 3-on-3 championship between the Atlantic and Pacific divisions? That's debatable.

The Boston Bruins forward notched a breakaway opportunity in the first half of the championship with the Atlantic holding a 2-1 lead. On the play, Pastrnak had an incredible forehand/backhand move and was able to quickly launch the goal into the top shelf.

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Here's a look at the play courtesy of the NHL on NBC's official Twitter account.

That's a nice, nice move. And it shows off the skills that have made Pastrnak the NHL's leading scorer (37 goals) through the first half of the season.

As beautiful as that goal from Pastrnak was, Bruins fans will have one qualm with it. It didn't come in a shootout.

Perhaps Pastrnak will try to pull that out in a shootout situation during the second half of the season. A move like that could possibly be enough to give the B's their first shootout victory of the season.