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PHT Morning Skate: Jaden Schwartz wears No. 17 to honor Mandi

Jul 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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.

A very compelling argument for why Jonathan Toews could be well-worth that $10.5 million cap hit. (Sportsnet)

On the other hand, as strong as Cory Schneider‘s numbers are, the New Jersey Devils are taking a risk considering the fact that he’s never really taken on the workload of a No. 1 goalie. (SB Nation)

Assessing the usefulness of a Blake WheelerMark ScheifeleDustin Byfuglien line for the Winnipeg Jets. (Arctic Ice Hockey)

It seems like a decent time to assess the changing landscape in the league as the smoke mostly clears from free agency. Here’s Kevin Allen’s grades for the Eastern Conference teams. Note: one might disagree with these teams’ report cards, but it’s an interesting read nonetheless. (USA Today)

At least one person thinks the Colorado Avalanche got better this summer. (Denver Post)

This one’s a little more than a week old, yet it’s an interesting look at what agents go through on draft day. (NHL Numbers)

Jaden Schwartz will change his number from 9 to 17 in honor of his late sister Mandi. (H/T to Puck Daddy)


  1. shaundre93 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    I hope people realize the Bruins “cap jail” is just a one season hiccup born of some crappy circumstances. First off, Savard. That’s 4.5M just chilling waiting to come off the books. I really wish there was a way to remove that hit altogether, its not like it was a bad deal. Cooke….. Then you have Chris Kelly. If he doesn’t get injured, he gets bought out. That’s another 3M. Oh, and Iginlas silly bonuses. I don’t understand why they made them games played bonuses and not performance but whatever, its not like his season wasn’t worth 6M. There’s another 4.5M off the books. Its a one season bump in the road. Let some kids play on their elc’s and next season the B’s will have about 10M in space to extend Krejci (+2M) Soderberg (+3.5M) and Boychuk (+3M). The B’s will easily replace 20 of Iginlas goals, with the other 10 possibly coming from a Eriksson, Smith or rookie breakout.

    • dueman - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Ya, just a bump in the road…Like you said “next season the B’s will have about 10M in space to extend Krejci (+2M) Soderberg (+3.5M) and Boychuk (+3M)”, except you forgot about Campbell, Paille, McQuaid, and big raises for Svedberg, and Dougie Hamilton, but like you said, It’s just a one season hiccup…

      • shaundre93 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        I’ll give you Dougie, forgot his elc is up. Do you really think the B’s would sign Paille, Campbell or Mquaid to deals that would have any negative impact on the cap? Hello Lindblad, Fraser, Spooner, Khokolachev, Camera, Trotman, Warsofsky, Morrow…. That’s what the youth is for. Big raise for Svedberg? Lets see him play first. If he earns a big raise he’ll be gone. I could see Boychuk leaving so they can sign Dougie though, maybe they get creative in the trade market. Don’t be one of the fools that jumps on the “Bruins are screwed” bandwagon. One season hiccup. Book it. B’s will be tight to the cap, but they’re still gonna be a perennial contender for years. I’m just sick of people acting like this is the end of the road for this team, because that’s ridiculous.

  2. dueman - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    “A very compelling argument for why Jonathan Toews could be well-worth that $10.5 million cap hit” – Stay tuned for this author’s next story titled “Why it’s better to wear skates while playing ice hockey”

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