Morning Skate: Ex-Bruin front and center on a top NHL team


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying that “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is now on Netflix. 


*Blake Wheeler is front and center on the top line for a surprising Winnipeg Jets team, and has turned into a very good player and captain for that organization since being traded from the Bruins. It’s become en vogue to lump him in with Phil Kessel, Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton as an asset that the B’s gave up too soon on, but it’s simply not so. Sure, Wheeler has become a very good player since the trade. But the Bruins won a Cup in 2011 in part because they made that deal with the then Atlanta Thrashers to trade for Rich Peverley, trade for Chris Kelly and completely recreate their third line ahead of the postseason. Sometimes you need to give up something to get something to help you over the top, and that’s what the Bruins did with Wheeler. If you enjoyed the 2011 Cup run and the 2013 run to the Cup Final, then please stop the boo hoo act about Wheeler. 


*According to Craig Button, Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin has cemented his status as the No. 1 overall pick after his performance in the World Junior tournament. 


*The unique format might mean that Eric Staal gets snubbed for the NHL All-Star game despite a stellar season. 


*The schedule has been a grind for the St. Louis Blues as the NHL enters its bye week phase, and players begin to get a little rest. 


*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on Cody Franson being “worth the tiny risk” for some NHL team after he was waived by the Chicago Blackhawks. 


*For something completely different: Tonya Harding threatens to walk on an interview when asked who the real victim was, Nancy Kerrigan or herself. This is what I don’t get about all of the “I, Tonya” hype. It’s going to romanticize Harding or turn her into the sentimental victim, but it seems clear she played a part in knee-capping Kerrigan. She is a villainous accomplice, even if a bit of a sympathetic one in some ways. Any other perception is revisionist bull-crap. 


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