Morning Skate

Morning Skate: Who ya got in draft of hockey movie characters?

Morning Skate: Who ya got in draft of hockey movie characters?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading as training camp skates a little closer and summer winds down.

*Fun little exercise from Barstool Sports where the NHL has an expansion draft to pick up hockey movie characters. I was, however, a little disappointed to see that the Bruins got somebody from Mystery, Alaska (not one of my fav hockey movies) instead of Ross “The Boss” Rhea, who has Black and Gold written all over him.

*A Q&A with Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn where he talks about anything and everything ahead of an important season for the Stars organization.

*Tim Benz doesn’t want to see anybody else ever wear No. 71 or No. 68 for the Pittsburgh Penguins. I think it’s a safe bet we won’t see that.  

*Pro Hockey Talk says to expect a huge year from Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty no matter where he plays. Count me as a little skeptical on that one.

*So how good is Colton Parayko? Varying NHL talent evaluators offer variations on a “Ummm, pretty good” theme.

*For something completely different: RIP to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who I will forever remember for crushing her scene in the Blues Brothers. She was the real deal.


Morning Skate: Try to keep up with Chara's offseason workout

Morning Skate: Try to keep up with Chara's offseason workout

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching Captain America’s entrance to Avengers: Infinity War on a 24/7 loop. It’s just that good.

*Cool Instagram video from Zdeno Chara that shows a peek behind the curtain of his offseason workout with crazy strength, balance and conditioning drills for a 6-foot-9 man on the wrong side of 40. It’s no wonder he’s a physical marvel still at his advanced age, and that the end of his Hall of Fame career doesn’t look like it’s coming anytime soon. Chara may be older, he may no longer be a viable Norris Trophy candidate and his body may be starting to break down just a little bit more given his age, but the man is a true freak of nature with his strength, size and conditioning. There are no two ways about that.

*Ryan Ellis has signed a long-term extension with the Nashville Predators for a cap friendly number as the Preds continue to build and sustain a long-term winner.

*Interesting piece on Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley’s wife, Karin, running for a Senate seat in Minnesota.

*Pro Hockey Talk says that Ilya Kovalchuk is under pressure as he begins a big three-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

*Boy, it sure sounds like the Arizona Coyotes are in a heap of financial trouble as their fiscal losses continue to mount.

*For something completely different: Pretty interesting interview with Michelle MacLaren, the director from this week’s "Better Call Saul" that gives some good insight into the characters on the show, and the exciting direction its headed toward Breaking Bad-ville.


Morning Skate: Seguin The Sequel in Boston?

Morning Skate: Seguin The Sequel in Boston?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while skipping right over the “Space Force” entirely.

*Interesting that Pro Hockey Talk has Tyler Seguin as one of the players in their “Under Pressure” category. Even more interesting that the Dallas Stars have yet to sign Seguin to a long-term contract extension. When you consider the Stars were one of the teams actively wooing John Tavares, it makes it certainly a consideration that Dallas might not end up signing Seguin to a massive deal after some All-Star level seasons in Big D.

That naturally begs the question as to whether or not Seguin might become available in either a trade or free agency. One step further begs the question as to whether the Bruins would entertain bringing Seguin back to Boston. His linemates, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, are still in Black and Gold and clearly, Seguin has matured to some degree at 26. Seguin has been a point-per-game player for a Stars team that’s missed the playoffs in three of the five seasons he's been in Dallas.

Certainly it’s enticing to think about the skill, the production, the game-breaking ability and Seguin’s chemistry with the Bruins when mulling over the possibility and then there’s the poetic justice of the B’s righting a wrong when they settled for pennies on the dollar while casting out one of the league’s young superstars.

So, there might be reasons to do it, but I still see Seguin as a “very good player on a bad team”-type player who will pile up gaudy stats until the ice starts getting difficult to fight for and produce. He’s also still a risk if you’re a team signing him to a massive contract (which he will obviously be looking for) given that he’s been dinged at times in Dallas for being late to practice and he's still a candidate for other minor infractions that show he’s probably never going to be a true leader on a team.

Traditionally, those aren’t the players that you win with. Some of the organizational results in Dallas continue to back the notion that dealing Seguin was a sound decision. It was the pitiful return that ended up being the problem in the end for the Black and Gold. The bottom line: I’d pass if I were the Bruins and Seguin became a possibility, unless you could trade the rights to Matt Fraser, a Joe Morrow speeding ticket from the town of Wilmington, a pair of Reilly Smith’s old gloves and a lock of Loui Eriksson’s beloved hair back to Dallas in exchange for Seguin the Sequel.

*Here are some fun nickname jersey possibilities if the NHL were to ever go with a “Player’s Weekend” setup like Major League Baseball. They did miss the boat with one possibility, however, as it would set up Brad Marchand for any number of possibilities. Just think how much a game-worn No. 63 “Nose Face Killah” jersey from Marchand could net in an auction for charity.

*Interesting piece from Travis Yost about the allocation of salary cap money for each of the 31 NHL teams where it clearly displays that only Montreal is going to spend more cap space than the B’s on goaltending for this upcoming season. That’s definitely going to be inefficient there unless they get the NHL’s best goaltending next season.

*First-round pick Brady Tkachuk is going to leave Boston University and join the Ottawa Senators to start his NHL career.

*For something completely different: Dude, enough about the “Snyder Cut.” It’s over. It’s time to move on.