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PHT Morning Skate: Sakic will play larger role with Avalanche

May 9, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

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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.

Joe Sakic is expected to serve in an expanded front office role with the Colorado Avalanche next season. (Denver Post)

Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta talks about the injury that left him crying in his coach’s arms. (Montreal Gazette)

Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t want to talk about the possibility of him finishing his career in Russia. Not while the playoffs are still going on anyways. (Detroit News)

Rangers forward Derick Brassard has stepped up for the New York Rangers in his first playoff series. (Newsday)

There’s a slim chance that Danny DeKeyser (thumb surgery) would be available for Detroit in the Stanley Cup finals, but, “let’s get there first,” GM Ken Holland said. (Detroit Free Press)

The Ottawa Senators youngsters have been a significant part of their first-round success. (Ottawa Citizen)

The Providence Bruins had a pretty good night too. (

Speaking of Bruins, here are the highlights from the NHL club’s 4-3 overtime win against Toronto:

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  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 9, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Should this be credible information with respect to Sakic, I would like to see some the other greats join the organization. Roy for starters, and perhaps Bourque.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      It’s nice but what is his role exactly? Maybe they need to focus a bit more on what to do with Sherman. They’re headed in the right direction with axing Sacco, but what has Sherman done in 4 years? The Avs’ prospect pool is ranked 29th on Hockey’s Future, and he’ll be best known for trading away Chris Stewart and Shattenkirk for Erik Johnson, which as we all know has worked out well…for the Blues.

      • jernster21 - May 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        His current role is that of an adviser, meaning, they bounce ideas off him to get his opinion. Enhancing his role to something more than adviser means he’s involved more in the decision making process, ie: hockey operations and/or asst GM. We’ll see.

        I understand why Sherman has made every move he has. People need to let go of the trade with St Louis – we still don’t know what we have in Duncan Siemens who was the first round pick in that trade and by all accounts should be a solid defenseman. Shattenkirk was expendable given we had Elliott (who had been way too overhyped before he even played an NHL game) and Barrie (who has unexpectedly outperformed Elliott) in the system. Watching them both towards the end of the season you could see their game starting to progress which are good signs. I love Chris Stewart but most players play well after being traded to a new team – they want their old team to regret their decision to move him; his first full season wasn’t that great and only got resigned to a one year deal, this year he has been successful…..because he’s on a one year deal and would get shipped out if he didn’t perform. When the Blues resign him, they should do it for 2 years…anymore than that, don’t be surprised if he falls back into his inconsistent ways.

      • jernster21 - May 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        Johnson was picked up because he was a big body that can skate the puck and be tough to play against in the defensive zone. There are a lot of holes in the Avs’ defense making it hard for anyone to shine, but Johnson is the best defenseman on the team.

        Sherman fleeced the Sharks to pull McGinn and 2 prospects (one being a top prospect in their system who is playing well for the Avs’ affiliate LEM.) The Sharks let Winnik walk to the Ducks and he was the best player the Sharks got in return.

      • jernster21 - May 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Sherman made a great pick up to acquire Downie from TB for Quincey, who was then swapped to the Red Wings for a first round pick to TB. Every Red Wings fan I know hates Quincey.

      • jernster21 - May 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Uhh…I’m not even gonna keep trying to post everything I wrote. This freakin site keeps erroring every time I submit something.

        Sorry for the broken up posts.

  2. vanindeed - May 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Good idea, get a winner in there

  3. 19to77 - May 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I’m sure Therrien was sobbing too. Every time I see the guy in a postgame interview he looks seconds away from tears. What is with the Habs and crying?

  4. slickdemetrius - May 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Dang, I was hoping Sakic would be in Quebec City next year for the return of the Nordiques. I wonder what Peter Stastny is up to?

    • vanindeed - May 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Goulet too

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