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Lace 'em up. Time for the Morning Skate.
Veteran defenseman and noted Larry Brooks hater Dan Boyle will reportedly retire on Wednesday. This is a notable league departure, since you may remember him now for his outburst at New York media last season, but his larger legacy is one of the benchmark Sharks over their last decade of success. He deserved a better end in San Jose, and the same might be said of Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton soon after barely missing the Stanley Cup in June.
NO, SERIOUSLY, EVERYONE CALM DOWN
Niklas Hjalmarsson did indeed earn a suspension for the Blackhawks’ home opener for a bad hit. Not to be outdone, Radko Gudas crushed Jimmy Vesey hours later, yet missed the ban hammer. Oh, and you can add Tanner Pearson to that ever-growing list.
Welcome back, hockey. I guess.
ELSEWHERE IN TRAINING CAMP LAND
- The Toby Rieder saga in Arizona is already over.
- Did Sean Monahan just break some major Johnny Gaudreau news?
- Edmonton is actually better at killing penalties than you might think.
- A former top prospect did not play well for Los Angeles on Monday.
- Some former Devils haunted New Jersey. (see what I did there)
- Speaking of New Jersey: MAKE UP YOUR MIND
- Brandon Pirri still looks great.
- Jonas Brodin is no longer the best young player on the Wild.
- Barret Jackman and his infuriating first name are retiring.
- Dallas’ opening night lineup will be made with Elmer’s Glue and spare parts but that’s okay.
A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING