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PHT Morning Skate: The media is Marchand’s pest

Brad Marchand

Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand speaks to the media in the team’s locker room at TD Garden Friday, May 16, 2014, in Boston. The Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Bruins with a 3-1 win in Game 7 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff NHL hockey series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond. passes along excerpts from a radio interview in which Brad Marchand responds to a summer of trade rumors with this doozy:

“The funny thing about the media is they think that you’re best buddies, and it doesn’t matter how much you trash them,” Marchand told 98.5 The Sports Hub, via “I don’t like that, I don’t respect that, and if they think we’re going to be buddies this year then they’ve got something else coming.”

It doesn’t get any friendlier from there. (

Some infographics are better than others - including in this very collection - but the Hockey News put together some interesting factoids about the international makeup of the NHL. One takeaway: Sweden and Finland have made some nice gains. (The Hockey News)

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Jonathan Toews is a statistical darling by just about every measure, including looking brilliant by “fancy stats.” That doesn’t mean “Captain Serious” is particularly interested in diving into Corsi and PDO data any time soon, though. (

Nathan MacKinnon takes on Olympic speedskater Charles Hamelin in an entertaining “race.” (Sportsnet)

A timeline of events since the Carolina Hurricanes last made the playoffs in 2008. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Apparently Darryl Sutter is more than just a guy who wins Stanley Cups and offers precious few words during press conferences. (TSN’s Bar Down)

The Los Angeles Kings lost big time last night, but they still have more ammo for trash talk against the San Jose Sharks:

Apparently inevitable Alex Ovechkin storylines are a bit, well, much for some Washington Capitals onlookers:

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