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PHT Morning Skate: Canucks RFA Tanev might not be signed soon

Jul 17, 2013, 8:01 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.

The Vancouver Canucks’ negotiations with restricted free agent Chris Tanev are moving slowly. (Vancouver Sun)

18-year-old forward Sean Monahan will probably sign an entry-level deal with the Calgary Flames in the near future. He’ll fight for a roster spot during training camp after being taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (Calgary Sun)

Goaltender Tristan Jarry has gotten off to a good start in the Penguins’ development camp. He was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft. (McKeesport Daily News)

Meanwhile, Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has moved beyond development camps, but he still has plenty of work to do this summer. (CSN New England)

20-year-old defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon has an opportunity to jump straight from the WHL to the NHL. (Calgary Sun)

In an attempt at quantifying luck in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins topped the list of fortunate teams by this measure while the New Jersey Devils were among the most unlucky. (Puck Daddy)

  1. brymck1 - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Devils led the league in shot differential last year. Toronto was near the bottom. Both were unsustainable shooting percentages and should regress back toward the mean this year.

  2. kaptaanamerica - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Don’t put it past Toronto to set new records in futility.Toronto can never be underestimated.

  3. tmlhockeyfan - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    The Leafs aren’t a fluke. You don’t bottom out for 9 years and not improve.

    I don’t mind if people want to count Toronto out early though. It’s always fun being the underdog and proving the haters wrong. Last year, the preseason rankings had the Leafs 14th in the East. They finished 5th and people still can give them credit.

    Call it luck all you want… Leafs have a great offense and defense. Haters gotta hate, but stats don’t lie. There were only 9 players in the NHL to avg over 1 point per game in the last two years. Kessel and Lupul are 2 of them. Kadri was not far behind that pace last year. Then there’s JVR, Clarkson, Bozak, Kulemin who can put up decent points. Gardiner, Phaneuf, Liles, maybe Morgan Rielly are all offensively gifted dmen.

    Defensively the Leafs had the 2nd best PK, they were 1st in blocked shots, way in 1st in hits, 7th in takeaways. Considering they’re one of the youngest teams in the NHL and defense takes the longest to learn, I say the future is looking bright. Especially with two of the best young goalies in the NHL in net.

    Let the haters hate. The Leafs are not going away anytime soon.

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