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PHT Morning Skate: Hartford Whalers’ legacy endures

Sep 1, 2014, 8:00 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.

Recently retired goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was the last of the former Hartford Whalers players to end his NHL career, but the legacy of the team lives on. (Canadian Press)

Carol Vadnais passed away at the age of 68. The former NHL defenseman played in 1,087 career games and won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. (

Evan Sporer of SB Nation goes into detail about Tomas Hertl‘s fourth goal against the New York Rangers on Oct. 9, which he feels was the best of the season. If you need a refresher, this is what he did:

Zane Gothberg, who is coming off of a strong season with the University of North Dakota, has legally changed his name to Zane McIntyre. The Boston Bruins prospect has decided to take his mother’s maiden name to honor her as well as his grandmother. (CSN New England)

Given that NHL players have a tendency to peak in their late 20s (although there are numerous exceptions), are teams that handout eight-year deals taking too big of a risk? (The Hockey news)

Jeremy Morin has an opportunity to firmly establish himself with the Chicago Blackhawks this season. Whether or not he takes advantage of it remains to be seen. (Second City Hockey)

  1. terrier92 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Carol Vadnais. Very good player for Bruins. Part of another great Bruins trade with Espo to Rangers for Park and Rattelle. Loved Espo but Harry was correct Park and Ratelle were excellent upgrade. Boy could both play. Rattelle one of my favorites sooo soo smooth

    • bullwinkle88 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      I remember Ratelle too – particularly his days with the Rangers. Watching Ratelle come up the ice with Hatfield and Gilbert was like watching a smooth machine with all parts well oiled…a thing of beauty.

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