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PHT Morning Skate: Where Brian Burke is probably hanging on to the fifth pick

Jun 20, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

Brian Burke 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.

Brian Burke says he’s probably hanging on to the fifth overall pick in the draft and doesn’t see a trade being imminent. You can come out now Leafs fans. (TSN)

Meanwhile, Burke says he might actually draft for need this time around. (@cotsonika)

San Jose’s owners say “the answer isn’t always just firing people.” Wonder what the Kings think of that. (Working The Corners)

Legendary columnist Terry Jones says the Oilers should take Nail Yakupov for hockey’s sake. Sanity prevails. (Edmonton Sun)

The Hart Trophy finalists are all big fans of each other. Awww… (

Gary Bettman says labor talks will get underway soon. “Oh… Great…” said every hockey fan everywhere. (Sportsnet)

Daniel Alfredsson is going to take as much time as needs to decide if he’s coming back. (Senators Extra)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins really wants to be the first Oilers player to win the Calder Trophy. (Edmonton Journal)

Zdeno Chara and Max Pacioretty are finding a lot of common ground these days and that’s a good thing. (

Jonathan Quick wants to do what Tim Thomas did just last year — Win the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe, and Vezina in the same year. (Los Angeles Times)

Patrice Bergeron is feeling 100-percent after having oblique issues in the playoffs. (

The Panthers have made an offer to potential free agent Jason Garrison. (On Frozen Pond)

  1. solador78 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    What a terrible puff piece about a terrible person. Obviously Chara is still tormented by guilt otherwise he wouldn’t have straight-up admitted that “he made a mistake.”

    It sure was a lucky break that Jeremy Jacobs as Chairman was able to shield him from suspension to ensure that they stole the Stanley Cup from 15 more deserving teams… lolz.

    In fact his whole life has been a series of lucky breaks, as in he never would have played professional hockey if he wasn’t so freakishly tall.

    I’ve never heard anyone, including Bruins fans, compare him to the benchmark defeseman Bobby Orr… and for good reason:

    Chara can’t skate, is slow-witted to the point where he has zero defensive awareness, has a shot that can’t hit the net and a face that could never sell Chevys on TV.

    Chara’s steady diet of cigarettes and Coke pretty much sums up everything you need to know about this overrated pylon.

    • govtminion - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      Yep, obviously the fix was in for him to get that Norris trophy and the other nominations. Glad you see through the lies and cheating to see the real Zdeno Chara story.

      Take the tinfoil off your head, you’ll get hat-hair.

      • solador78 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Shouldn’t you be “working” for your guaranteed BIG GOVERNMENT pay check?

        It must be very rewarding pushing pencils and rubber stamping things all day long (and by that I mean surfing the internet).

        Don’t feel sad that you can’t grasp these complex concepts… I wouldn’t expect a naive unionized government tool to recognize corruption for what it is.

        Keep dreaming and one day you might get a kickback too.

      • govtminion - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        Unionized? Big government checks? What country do you think I live in, Greece? That’s hilarious.

      • solador78 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        In your country, terrible Mel Gibson movie is brand new.

      • govtminion - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        …is there an adult watching you? Because if not, there should be.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM


        Why is Chara and Bobby Orr even in the same sentence. Couldn’t be any further a part in styles of defensemen. What is the point in your ramble???!

        – Wild fan

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      It’s unfortunate that you’re still bitter about a play that happened two years ago. That has to be one of the most hysterically biased and nonsensical fanboy comments I’ve seen here.

      Not many people get compared to Bobby Orr, and with good reason. He hit the net 224 times last year and hit it pretty damn hard at the skills competition. I don’t think your other points need acknowledging.

      • solador78 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        That’s a sound logical argument that you’ve presented there. Pretty sure Bobby Orr didn’t hit the 224 times last season and never participated in a skills competition.

        But if you were actually referring to Chara, he shot 4.8% last season, which was 168th best in the league.

      • solador78 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM


        Chara hit the net 12 times last season, at a rate of 5.4% (4.8% was his playoff percentage).

        5.4% was good enough for 499th place on the list of most accurate shooters.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        A shot on goal counts as hitting the net. Scoring would be finding the net.

  2. supercoop8 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Don’t worry child, he can’t hurt you anymore.

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    As much as I hate conspiracies, the bruins got away with everything possible that year. There were so many times I was just watching saying wow, we won’t see him back on the ice for a few games…. Then he came back the very next game.

    Like andrew Fereence and his finger which is an automatic match penalty.
    Wisnewski got suspended for a similar thing that was directed at a player. Ferrence directs it to the fans which is twice as worse and gets a fine.

    Then it was the intent to injure on boychuck. The awkward tie up with Raymond that boychuck decided to give a huge push at the end right before the boards and results in the 2nd broken back intentionally caused by the bruins that year.

    Not saying there was a conspiracy, just saying kinda odd how much Boston has gotten away with the past two years….

    Let’s not forget about all the crap lucic has done and all the ducks by Marchand… I think he got suspended for 1 of his 3 ducks this season.

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