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PHT’s Morning Skate: Time to worry in Toronto?

Nov 13, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

Ben Scrivens AP

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.

Interesting bit from Larry Brooks: the NHLPA audited the NHL and reportedly found that the Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators were among the teams “cited for failure to declare hockey-related revenue.” Sadly for the players, they cannot revisit previous seasons, so it sounds like the owners pulled another fast on one them. (The New York Post.)

Speaking of the Predators (and coach Barry Trotz), the team participated in their 1,000th game on Saturday night. The Montreal Canadiens once again played the spoiler role with a 2-1 OT win, but it’s still an impressive feat for Trotz, who found a way to reach that milestone with the same franchise. Check out this video of the pre-game ceremony:

Trotz wasn’t the only defensive-minded bench boss to coach in his 1,000th game, though. Los Angeles Kings’ coach Terry Murray also reached that milestone as his team pounded the Minnesota Wild. (Kings)

An Anaheim Ducks fan turns broken sticks into walking canes. Yes, that is awesome. (Jeff Miller – The Orange County Register.)

Joe Pelletier reveals that the other “Scotty” Bowman (Ralph) scored the first penalty shot goal in NHL history 77 years ago today. (Greatest Hockey Legends.)

That Mike Smith signing is looking pretty shrewd through the first chunk of games, isn’t it? He notched a 31-save shutout against the San Jose Sharks to avenge that ugly season-opener that seems like an anomaly for the big goalie now. (The Associated Press.)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been out-scored 19-5 while going 1-3 in their last four games. Sure, Toronto is still on top of the Northeast Division, but is it time to get worried yet? (James Mirtle – The Globe & Mail.) In more sad news, here’s the Leafs’ own goal.

Well, Maple Leafs fans can at least comfort themselves in an old truculent standby: a random fight video. Delight as Mike Brown and Zenon Konopka punch each other a lot.

If the NHL season ended today, Phil Kessel would be the first American to lead the league in scoring. Maybe that will get a few more non-Leafs fans to pull for him, then? (Steve Simmons – The Toronto Sun.)

Jeremy Lynn floats a wild idea: is Marian Hossa currently the best player on the Chicago Blackhawks? (

The New Jersey Devils “trapped” the Washington Capitals into their own game, according to Joe Beninati. (

  1. elguapo12 - Nov 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Year four of the grand Burke rebuild and the Leafs are just as sad as they were In 2008. Well, they’re even worse considering the contracts they have on the books. Sens aren’t even 20 games into their rebuilding year and they already show much more potential.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 13, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      I disagree. Bear in mind, they were doing very well backstopped by Reimer. If he comes back and they continue to perform poorly, I figure we can say that then. Admittedly, it’ll be more likely than not. It’s not just the goalies performing poorly, it’s sloppy, inattentive defensive play, too – but I’ll reserve judgment until their starter’s back at least.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

        Once again, the Sens have never won anything and the Leafs are ahead of you guys in the standings this year. Not sure what you’ve seen to indicate the Sens have way more potential. I guess you say whatever you have to to convince yourself you’re not one of the most futile franchises in NHL history

  2. elguapo12 - Nov 13, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    How is making the finals in the last 4 years futile? And if you want to go way back, the Sens have way more championships than the Leafs. And what have the Leafs won btw, except top five draft picks that they like to give away? Bottom line is that Burke messed up the Leafs for a good while. What do the Sens have to look forward to? Better goalie. Better D with two future stars. Better veteran leadership. Better GM. Far better coach. And four more games against the Leafs…

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:35 AM

      The fact that getting humbled by the Ducks in the final is your NHL franchise’s greatest accomplishment makes it futile. If we count pre-NHL championships the Leafs still have as many or more than you (St. Pats and Arenas have 1 each, Maple Leafs have 11), learn to check your facts first bud. Saying Burke has messed up the Leafs just makes me laugh because it really makes no sense at all. When he came in we had next to nothing and all he’s done is improve the roster each year. If you think Craig Anderson is your better goalie to look forward to you should put down the bong. I don’t know how you quantify veteran leadership so I won’t bother with that one. Brian Murray is a bigger joke as your GM than he was as your coach. How many Cup winners has he built? Who has he brought to Ottawa that could even remotely be considered a difference maker? Your willingness to prove your own stupidity on a public forum is unmatched by anyone I’ve seen on this blog. Keep up the good work

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