Claude Julien

Morning Skate: Is Claude ready for ‘player development’?

Morning Skate: Is Claude ready for ‘player development’?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while I just started watching “Evil Genius” on Netflix. I’m one episode in and it’s already totally crazy.

*Well, would you look at that? The Montreal Canadiens are going to start focusing much more of their resources on “player development.” Sounds like a lot more young players will be headed Claude Julien’s way up in Montreal. Hope he’s ready for it.  

*The Washington Capitals are starting to look frustrated again, and Tampa Bay has found their footing under Andrei Vasilevskiy’s brilliance in the last two Lightning wins.

*Speaking of which, here’s the playoff Ovechkin that I think we’re all a lot more familiar with.

*Ryan Reaves certainly was well-traveled this season, but he’s ended up in a really good spot with Vegas ahead of his unrestricted free agency. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Reaves would look great in a Bruins uniform as fourth line muscle.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Frank Seravalli takes us behind the steely-eyed stare of Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

*Interesting look from FOH Greg Wyshynski on new NHL dads dealing with newborns and Stanley Cup playoff pressure at the same time.

*For something completely different: Good to hear that Universal’s “Dark Universe” of cinematic monster movies isn’t as dead as people had purported it to be. I think there is plenty of appetite for a Universal monster movie revival, and I actually thought that the last Mummy movie with Tom Cruise was pretty good.



Morning Skate: Claude says no locks for young Habs next season

Morning Skate: Claude says no locks for young Habs next season

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving a thumbs up to “The Toys That Made Us” on Netflix. It’s a great, nostalgic show about the awesome toys that came out in the golden era, 1970s and 1980s.

*Oh boy...It sounds like Canadiens coach and old friend Claude Julien is chiming in on the young players not being locks for the Habs lineup next season in Montreal. Boy, this sounds like his time in Boston, doesn’t it?

*Does Erik Karlsson scooping up a puck mean that his tenure with the Ottawa Senators has come to a close? Could be as FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ian Mendes takes a look.

*Is John Tavares giving some mixed signals about his future with the New York Islanders while talking about Mat Barzal? Hmmm.

*Sam Reinhart has really put up an enormous second half for the Buffalo Sabres and is perhaps showing some of the promise the Sabres believed he had when they drafted him.

*Ryan Suter done for the season after breaking his ankle in a huge blow for the Minnesota Wild just ahead of the playoffs.

*For something completely different: It sounds like DC may no longer be going with the “Flashpoint” storyline for their Flash movie, which would be kind of a bummer.


Morning Skate: Claude's Habs 'not a very good team'

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Morning Skate: Claude's Habs 'not a very good team'

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while not really digging these forecasts of more snow.

*You know, if he weren’t making millions and millions of dollars I might actually feel bad for ol' Claude Julien up in Montreal busting out the “We’re not a very good team” soliloquy with the Habs. That team flat out stinks this season and these past few weeks it can’t be fun at all being the head coach of that dumpster fire.

*Darren Dreger says there is no rush for the Toronto Maple Leafs to bring back Auston Matthews before he’s ready to go, and that’s absolutely the case so close to the playoffs.

*Here are five Hart Trophy-caliber players that won’t get a sniff of the voting, but deserve some attention nonetheless. There are no Bruins players on the list if you’re wondering, but some pretty good ones in Johnny Gaudreau and Aleksander Barkov.

*The NHL general managers are weighing potential changes to the goalie-interference interpretation ahead of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

*While it still looks a Swedish defenseman is going to be the No. 1 overall pick this June, there are some other players rocketing up the list.

*For something completely different: The definitive ranking of Girl Scout cookies from best-to-worst that we’ve all been waiting for.

*Song of the Week: Haven’t done one of these in a long, long time, but I like this Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Pharrell Williams tune that I hadn’t heard until the past couple of days.