Morning Skate: Are 5 games enough for 6-time offender?


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while my mind is blown that Brad Marchand has given up almost a million dollars in game checks for disciplinary measures during his NHL career.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Campbell takes a hard stance against the NHL Department of Player Safety and complains that five games aren’t nearly enough of a punishment for six-time offender Brad Marchand in his latest suspension.

*A list of five unheralded rookies from this season includes Danton Heinen, who deserves all the attention he gets in an extremely talented class of NHL rookies.

*The Tampa Bay Lightning dominated the TSN hockey coach’s poll as the belief is that they’re the NHL’s best team and that Nikita Kucherov was the league’s best player. The Bruins did get a respectable amount of votes, however.

*Jumbo Joe Thornton is going to miss several weeks due to injury as perhaps he’s beginning to show his age a bit with the San Jose Sharks.

*Having two reliable goaltenders has always been an important thing in the NHL, but it’s become vital for any NHL teams hoping to be in the playoffs.

*For something completely different: Is Vince McMahon looking to bring back the XFL when it was ahead of its time the last time around?


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