Hossa injured as Hawks rout Blues

The Chicago Blackhawks are still fighting for something, as they try
and catch the San Jose Sharks for the top seed in the West. A win
tonight, and the spot is theirs due to tie breakers. They did not take
the St. Louis Blues lightly, and come out firing on their way to a rout
(it’s currently 6-2 at the end of the second period). The Blues, seeing
the game get out of hand, started to get a it aggressive.

Hossa may be a victim of the Blues’ physicality. He was knocked to the
ice midway through the first period by Brad Winchester, but continued to
play. He was unable to make it out after just one shift in the second,
however, and had to leave the game.

Hossa has become a key part of
the Hawks’ offensive attack, with 24 goals in 54 games after returning
from offseason surgery.

We’ll update with word as to the
severity of the injury when we can, but of course the Hawks might not
miss him that much. With Chicago hopefully on their way to a Stanley Cup
finals appearance, having the man who has lost in the finals two
straight seasons for opposite teams may bring some bad luck their way.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.