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.
With November coming up and that being a chance to take part in the Movember charity for Hockey Fights Cancer, Jonas Hiller is going to wear the most awesome mustachioed mask we’ve ever seen. (The Goalie Guild)
Got a coach you’re looking to get fired? TSN’s Darren Dreger takes a look at ten guys that could soon be bench bosses in the NHL. (TSN)
Congrats to Mark Johnson, Bob Pulford, Tony Rossi, and Jeff Sauer for winning the Lester Patrick Award. (NHL)
Peter Regin’s shoulder is acting up on him all over again. This author can empathize all too well. (Senators Extra)
Has the NHL been also running the Dallas Stars along with the Coyotes? Tyler Dellow is on it. (mc79hockey)
Carey Price on Max Pacioretty playing last night against Philly: “He’s got some big nuts.” All righty then. (Renaud Lavoie)
Brian Elliott just keeps winning for St. Louis, this time in shutout form over Vancouver. Jaroslav who? (NBC Sports )
The win for St. Louis was also the franchise’s 1,500th win in team history. They’re just one win behind the number of games Nicklas Lidstrom has played. (Blues)
So much for Colorado’s road winning streak. Calgary kept them quiet 4-2 thanks to Rene Bourque’s two goals. (NBC Sports)
Martin Erat is getting really close to returning to action, so says Barry Trotz. (Tennessean)
Finally, real Bruins fans might want to look away. CSNNE.com’s Kevin Walsh found some of the most hardcore phony Bruins fans in Boston. (CSNNE.com)
From the Southampton Press:
Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.
According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.
As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”
He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?
Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.
Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.
The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.
“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told NJ.com. “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”
At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.
The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.
Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.