PHT Morning Skate: Is it time for the Kings to move on from Darryl Sutter?
--Michael Nylander was able to watch his sons, William and Alex, go head-to-head in the NHL for the very first time. Here’s an interview he gave during the game. (Sportsnet)
--As you probably heard, the NHL has decided not to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics. So what happens if players decide to go on their own? There could be a lot of chaos coming in the next few months if some owners tell their players to go to the Olympics, while others decide they want their players to stick around. (Yahoo)
--Despite missing 35 games with an upper-body injury and four games in the playoffs because of a lower-body injury, Nolan Patrick is still expected to go first overall in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft. He’s still the top prospect on Central Scouting’s latest rankings. “Nolan’s situation is part of the game and for NHL clubs it’s a talking point in draft deliberations and from many recent discussions with NHL personnel it will have absolutely no negative implications or bearing on Nolan’s Draft status.” (NHL.com)
--Is it time for the Los Angeles Kings to make some sweeping changes? The Hockey News argues that after missing the playoffs in two of the last three season, it might be time to move on from coach Darryl Sutter. Jared Clinton writes: “A lack of offense plagued Los Angeles almost from the outset of the campaign, and it continued to haunt them as their season officially slipped away. The loss that eliminated the Kings from playoff contention was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Coyotes. These are the same Coyotes who’ve allowed the second-most goals against, 249, in the entire league.” (The Hockey News)
--Prior to last night’s game between the Panthers and Canadiens in Florida, a plane flew over the BB&T Arena with a banner that said “ROWE MUST GO! CALL HIM A CAB!” Obviously, this fan has an issue with Tom Rowe being behind the bench, and he still isn’t happy with the way Gerard Gallant was treated after his dismissal. (Yahoo)
--Blackhawks top prospect Alex DeBrincat is used to people doubting him because of his size (he stands just 5-foot-7), but he, his teammates and junior opponents all believe he has what it takes to become solid NHLer. “Ever since scouts started to watch me my minor-midget year it’s always been ‘you’re too small, you’re not going to be able to play at the next level. If people doubt you, you just have to go out and play your game and try to change their mind. That’s kind of what I’ve been doing the past three years.” (Chicago Tribune)