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Morning Skate: Who is on the trade market?

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Morning Skate: Who is on the trade market?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while pleasantly surprised that the reaction to the Justice League movie is fairly decent.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and NBC Sports hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk opens up about his fight with cancer, and that it’s “okay to be scared.” We’re all standing with you, Edzo, in this battle where you’ve already shown so much courage and humanity.  

*Leave it to Biz Nasty to marry the worlds of Star Wars and hockey as it will be Paul Bissonnette “Obiz-Wan Kenobi” bobblehead giveaway night at Star Wars night for the Arizona Coyotes. If that can’t get the people out of their desert homes and into the Glendale arena then nothing will.

*There are some juicy names like Evander Kane and Alex Galchenyuk that could be available on the trade market now that Matt Duchene has been shipped to Ottawa. One name I wouldn’t expect to end up on there: Zdeno Chara. If perhaps the bottom fell out for the Bruins then maybe they could have mulled it over a bit, but the B’s are hanging in there and still fully intend on signing their captain to a contract for next season.

*A very emotional moment for Brian Boyle, who scored his first goal for the New Jersey Devils since coming back from his cancer diagnosis.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Blackhawks putting together Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp amid their scoring struggles this season.

*Nolan Patrick is still suffering from a concussion, but should end up staying with the team despite missing time.

*For something completely different: How about this news of Rian Johnson starting a whole new, separate Star Wars trilogy? I can dig it.

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.