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PHT Morning Skate: Colorado’s Giguere talking retirement

Mar 12, 2014, 8:15 AM EDT

Jean-Sebastien Giguere Getty Images

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.

If you were wondering why the Colorado Avalanche traded for goalie Reto Berra at the deadline, it’s likely because Jean-Sebastien Giguere is talking about retiring after the season. Quite the career for the former Hartford Whalers netminder and Conn Smythe Trophy winner. (The Denver Post)

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Philly’s Zac Rinaldo is day-to-day. So that’s why Chris VandeVelde was recalled yesterday… (Adam Kimelman)

Chances are if you’re on Twitter or Facebook you may have seen a meme going around declaring why Rich Peverley and hockey players are tougher than LeBron James and basketball players. Here’s a great take on why those things are ridiculous to take seriously. (The National Post)

Are you ready for sponsors on NHL jerseys? Oh, you’re not? Well, you’d better be prepared for it then because it’s only a matter of time. (Toronto Star)

Look at Taylor Hall being all down with advanced statistics. (mc79hockey)

Mental mistakes are just killing the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Tampa Tribune)

Remember when the Buffalo Sabres were looking at Lake Superior State coach Jim Roque to be an assistant coach for Ron Rolston? LSSU isn’t renewing his contract after nine seasons there. (LSSU Athletics)

Finally… What’s that you say? You want to see the San Jose Sharks mascot Sharkie chomping on the head of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice? You are in luck.

  1. ibieiniid - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    alright, in the one about hockey v. basketball. in trying to prove basketball players’ toughness, he references Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis…. two players from the 90s. he even says “try to remember Hank Gathers.” I don’t have to “try” to remember the last 5 times I said “that’s a tough f***ing dude” while watching hockey.

    I stand by publicly acknowledging the toughness and humbleness of hockey players over basketball players until they’re covered in the news equally and paid equally and I reject the fact that there’s anything racist behind it when I do it. It’s just a way of us hockey fans trying to share the sport we love with others. it’s obviously a tough job to get people to start watching hockey (judging by the revenue numbers comparatively) so it takes a little bit of creative marketing to do it….. bashing basketball is one way of doing that.

    • 11111111111a22 - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Here here.

  2. ibieiniid - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    “Cunnilingus Riiiice. sounds like a mexican dish. White power.”

    –Dave Chappelle

    • khudobinawesome - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      How are people thumbs downing Dave Chappelle?

      • ibieiniid - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        lol and standing up for hockey over basketball. i was surprised too.

  3. JoeAvg - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Sigh….sponsor logos on jerseys.

    A hockey broadcast in 2024:

    Laperriere carries it over the Pepsi blue line…goes ‘cross ice to Scott…down along the McDonalds half wall…he’s challenged by Hall at the top of the Avis face-off circle…he gets it behind the net to Sutter [3rd generation]…he’s met by Hamilton in the BP trapezoid…out to Hall on the Subway face-off dot…he drills it home with a wicked Delta Airline wrist shot for our Chevrolet first goal of the game….

    I’m gonna go get sick now.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      eventually, this game ends in a Smith & Wesson shootout after a brief 5 Hour Energy overtime. this is fun.

      • JoeAvg - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Good one (two?), but it’s not fun – it’s disgusting. And perhaps….inevitable.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        I agree. but at least there’s a way they can make this humorous. start calling it the Vagisil Penalty “Box” and plaster the logo all over it, I bet guys start watching the high-sticking a bit.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      I’ve pretty much resigned myself to it in most sports, but hockey sweaters are so d@mned awesome, I hope they hold off as long as they can.

  4. skr213 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Wow, forgot that Jiggy had been around long enough to have played for the Whalers.

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