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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Flying V isn’t just wonderful Disney fiction

Mar 29, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez 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.

From the “ohmygodohmygod” files: Neate Sager of Buzzing the Net details how junior hockey team the Victoriaville Tigers turned to the “Flying V” for inspiration. Unfortunately, it did not lead them to victory so it probably will be best left to our goofy Emilio Estevez movie memories. Bummer. (Buzzing the Net)

It only makes sense that the New York Islanders – a team run by a former goalie turned GM wasting money on an injury prone goalie – is once again dealing with a weird situation in net. In this case, John Grahame looks to help out while Evgeni Nabokov is on the mend. The best part is that if the experiment fails, the Islanders actually win – with better draft odds. (Newsday)

Mike Chambers captures Colorado Avalanche players’ reactions to head coach Joe Sacco receiving a contract extension. (Denver Post)

Not enough Avalanche fun? Chambers also furthers the Gabriel Landeskog for Calder Trophy argument. (Denver Post)

Quick shmwick, Darryl Sutter is still a big fan of Miikka Kiprusoff. It’s unclear if he’s just trying to push the talented Los Angeles Kings netminder (and single season shutout record leader) or if he’s serious about there being “no comparison.” You decide. (Calgary Herald)

I’m not going to lie; I think the New Jersey Devils would benefit in the future on the ice – though probably not in the box office – by cutting ties with a goalie they cannot judge objectively in Martin Brodeur. If you ask Peter DeBoer, the “Brodeur plan” has worked, though. (Fire & Ice)

Jose Theodore must find somehow, some way, to contain his emotions as he returns to Minnesota as the Florida Panthers’ starter after one season as the Wild’s backup. Expect at least a 15 minute video tribute, mixed emotions and definitely no sarcasm. (On Frozen Pond)

Ilya Bryzgalov isn’t the only expensive Philadelphia Flyers goalie. Apparently Sergei Bobrovsky could cost the team a healthy fine if he doesn’t speak with the media soon. (

Erik Cole seems optimistic about the Montreal Canadiens’ future. Click on the link to find out if there were any details about him keeping a straight face. (Montreal Gazette)

Oh, Vancouver. Sure, the Canucks managed to win, but Tony Gallagher demands entertainment and victory. (Vancouver Province)

Tomas Vokoun wants “the ball” as the Washington Capitals enter the stretch run. By “the ball” he means “to play,” by the way. Unless he really likes pre-game soccer rituals or something … (

  1. bcisleman - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Just to set the record straight….The Contract signing Rick DiPietro was NOT Garth Snow’s idea. It was Charles Wang’s. He came up with it a year before Snow became GM but deferred it a year at Bettman’s request (made in hopes that Wang would come to his senses). Unfortunately for Snow, one of his first acts as GM was to announce the disastrous deal.

    I don’t know whether Snow could have come up with a better option than Grahame, but signing another goalie makes sense under the circumstances. The Isles’ AHL affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers are a contender but one of their two regular goalies Anders Nilsson is out with an injury. Calling up the other goalie Kevin Poulin would cripple the Sound Tigers’ playoff run. Also, it makes perfect sense to shut down Nabokov for the season and save him for next year.

    Barring injury to Al Montoya, Grahame is only likely to play in one game. Starting tonight, the Isles have three games in four days including Saturday and Sunday. Grahame might well start the Sunday game against Ottawa. It is April Fools Day, so have fun with that!

  2. themajorleagueblog - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I know a plethora of non-hockey fans, and when they see me watching an NHL game, they always say “They should do the flying V”. Hey, at least its better than, “SHOOT THE PUCK”, every five seconds.

    I hope you are referring to Rick DiPetro as injury prone, not Nabokov. It doesn’t matter if Sutter cares about Jonathan Quick, facts are facts, his contract expires at the end of NEXT season, and he seems to like hollywood. My bet is, he stays in LA for 3 more years. Brodeur is staying in New Jersey, and I think, the Devils will call up Keith Kinkaid from their Albany AHL team, who are also known as the Devils.

    I hate the whole, players have to talk to the media, if its their choice its their choice, and the league should just butt out and let Philadelphia work. I always feel for Jose Thedore, that tragedy he had, and I always root for him. I hope he does well, and good for him and the Panthers for most likely making the postseason. Erik Cole might be right, the Bulldogs(AHL) is doing okay and they’ll draft well. Boo-hoo for Vokoun, it doesn’t matter, because he’ll get to star, because Hotlby and Neuvirth aren’t doing so hot.

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  3. crusty14 - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    The Albany AHL team is known as the river rats, not the devils, unless something has changed that I didn’t know about!

  4. crusty14 - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    I retract that last statement! Guess its been a while since I’ve been to an ahl game!

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