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Morning Skate: Breaking Bryz

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson is a four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

From: Janet Eagleson
To: Dan Pennucci
Sent: Monday, December 2
Subject: Breaking Bryz

Soooo ... you spent Saturday night at the Devils-Sabres game. You are a brave, brave man. That was the perfect contest to lull a colicky baby to sleep. Yawn. But I digress ...

What's your take on Alexander Edler? It's like his game has disappeared and his confidence has dissolved. Is he really one of the worst plus-minus guys in the league or is it a function of John Tortorella? I do think his 49-point season in 2011-12 was an anomaly, but he is better than the 28-point pace he's on now. Where does he end up in terms of offence? And do you think he can stabilize that plus-minus or will it simply continue to sicken?

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