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PHT Morning Skate: Comparing Krueger with Eakins

Jan 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Edmonton Oilers' head coach Dallas Eakins, center, stands on the bench above David Perron, from left to right, Sam Gagner and Ryan Jones during third period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) 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.

So far, replacing Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger with Dallas Eakins has been a step backwards for the team. (Edmonton Journal)

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Steven Stamkos (broken leg) has been skating for a while now, but he’s having trouble with accelerating and turning. (Toronto Star)

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates is taking his cues from how the Boston Bruins handled the development of Joe Thornton when it comes to Tom Wilson. (Washington Post)

Pascal Dupuis, who might be out for the season, still isn’t ready to ACL surgery. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The Buffalo Sabres cited the upcoming Olympic break as one of the reasons they sent 19-year-old Mikhail Grigorenko to the QMJHL. (Buffalo News)

Could the Montreal Canadiens end up trading Daniel Briere to the New Jersey Devils? (New Jersey Online)

Highlights from Philadelphia’s 4-3 victory over Buffalo:

  1. joey4id - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    I still don’t think Stamkos can compete against the best players in the world at the Olympics without playing 5 to 10 games before the Olympic break. There are 12 games left before the break, which means he would have to be back by no later than Jan 28 to get a minimum of 5 games in before Sochi. With two weeks That puts him on a very very tight and risky schedule. Two things; 1) I hope he will be ready for Canada 2) I hope he doesn’t hurt himself pushing too hard. TB will need him down the stretch. There is yet hope of St. Louis. I can see him playing with Crosby and Kunitz.

    Look to Pitt to make a trade for a RW to replace Dupuis. Seems like there have been many who have auctioned for that spot next to Crosby, but no one has been able to secure it.

    4 million per year for Briere. He’s been from the dog house to the PP in the span of 40 games. Stiff ice to say the Canadiens are disappointed with how this turned out. If they can offload that contract, then by all means do it. Actually. Montreal should pay the Devils to take him off their payroll. BTW, do the Devils even have room on their Cap for Briere?

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      “Stiff ice to say,” do you by any chance mean “suffice to say”?

      • joey4id - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        Yes! Dude! Thanks! 😉

    • valoisvipers - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      I don’t know if the Pens will be looking at a trade to replace Dupuis. They have Bennett coming back in a couple weeks and last year’s trade deadline deals didn’t pan out well with the exception being Jussi.
      You are spot on about Stamkos and if the Devils are looking for more offense then Briere is not their man. The Habs would have to take a bad contract in return and perhaps add a pick or retain some salary. Briere is top 6 style of player that is no longer able to play like a top 6 player and he can’t not play bottom 6 style of player at all. Hockey unlike baseball doesn’t have the DH and can’t afford to have a PP specialist on the team.

      • joey4id - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Ah! I so miss these words of wisdom. Wish you would come around more often. So refreshing to read well formulated comments with substance.

        I agree with you with respect to Briere. I mean if I were the Devils I would stay clear. However, they have expressed concerns about their lack of ability to score in the SO. The question they need to answer is the following; will their investment in him (or a Briere type player) propel them into the playoffs? Team make ~1.5 million per home game in the playoffs.


  2. bruins4ever - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Kevin Lowe has a master plan…he said last year in a rage that he has 6 cup rings s what it takes to win” He had to fire Krueger, he was too good, the Oilers only got to draft 7th overall..that won’t due, kevin says we need #1 picks. Ralph you have to go, now “BOLD” macT steps in and fires Krueger. From what I can see this is MacT,s big bold move…back to a better pick.

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