The Morning Skate: Better Late Than Never Highlights

Highlights from Sunday’s game in Nashville finally have made their way onto the internet, despite not being broadcast anywhere, because everything makes its way onto the internet these days.

You can check them out here if you’re interested, but in a 2-0 preseason shutout there’s really not a lot of so-called highlights to go around. However, we have gif’ed the pertinent points for you. First up, here’s Matt Carkner just beating the hell out of a Predator who got too close in the crease.

And this next one, this is really quite something from Joe Finley. I’m just going to leave it here:




While teammates Johan Sundstrom, Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson get long looks with the Big Club this week, Kirill Kabanov is at Sound Tigers camp. He took a severe cut to the arm early last season as a point of adversity and something that has set back his development an unknown quantity. The CT Post profiled him yesterday:
“I need to earn the coaches’ respect. Most important, I need to be a leader.”

How does he plan to do that?

“I need to score goals,” Kabanov said. “I need to help the team, score goals on the power play, make nice moves, make sure my game is on the right page.”

Kabanov, 21, showed flashes of the skill that made him a prospect. It wasn’t there every night, and injuries and illness slowed him all year, beginning with the accidental spill in Worcester on Oct. 26. The gash to his left wrist required emergency surgery and kept him out until late January.

He finished with just two goals and seven assists in 32 games for Bridgeport. He went home disappointed, but he says he returned mentally ready for a big year.


To his credit, he’s doing and saying all the right things after a tough year and not being where he likely wants to be after training camp.


Kyle Okposo put up only four goals last year, but CBS says that he’s due for a bounce back year because he’s way more talented than four-goals-talented and because shooting percentage:
A little more important than just saying he has to be better, though, is the fact that he shot a staggeringly low shooting percentage. Putting shots on net wasn’t a problem but scoring them was as he hit on just 4.0 percent of his shots. That was 5.5 percentage points below his career average (which was certainly brought down by the past season’s mark) and almost 12 whole percentage points behind his shooting percentage the year before. The 15.8 percent mark he put up that season was a bit too high but there is a happy medium in there.



In case you missed it, here’s Glen Sather going nuclear on Derek Stepan who still has yet to sign a contract and is holding out of training camp:
“I don’t think he is a big enough fool to think that he will sit out the year and it will do any good. He is in a gap contract and every one of our players has signed a gap contract.

“You look at the football players who are making minimum wage, they get paid after they go through that time. I find it frustrating that some teams are in a hurry to sign these guys to big contracts. I think it’s because the owners or managers panic and it’s unfortunate that he has listened to his agent and decided [to do] that.”


He’s trying to scare his player into signing, which I’m not sure will work if that player has already made the decision to skip camp. But there’s not much else Sather can do unless he decides to give in. There’s still time for that offer sheet, Isles.


On Twitter, Parker Milner shows off the design for his new Sound Tigers helmet. Can we conclude from this that the Sound Tigers will be carrying three goalies this year? No way, but Milner is at least planning not to get shipped off to Stockton (ECHL team, not the prison in Sons of Anarchy).
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