Morning Skate: Reaves stars in My Bodyguard for Pens


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with Rene Rancourt warming up for his Christmas Carol crooning today.

*Pittsburgh Penguins tough guy Ryan Reaves seems to be finding his niche with the Pens as a bodyguard to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and the kind of player you wouldn’t mind seeing in a Boston uniform as this season rolls along. You wouldn’t see as many runs at Brad Marchand if a guy like Reaves was lurking on the B’s bench.

*The NHL is not ruling out a brief return to the Nassau Coliseum for the New York Islanders as they ready to make the move back to Long Island proper.

*Speaking of NHL arena situations, PHT writer Joel Alfieri has the details on Gary Bettman getting frustrated with how things are going in Calgary.

*An interesting story on Carolina Hurricanes President Don Waddell and the best Christmas present that he ever received.

*Worchester native Kyle Richtelle is chasing down his dream of being an on-ice NHL official and he’s getting closer all the time.

*Auston Matthews was apparently concussed all along, and it sounds like he’ll be making his return for the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: A moment that will stop you in your tracks is Spaghetti Chewbacca.


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