Raffi Torres and wife as Jay Z and Beyonce

PHT Morning Skate: Raffi Torres is Jay-Z for Halloween… Wait, what?


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.

Raffi Torres got dressed up as Jay-Z for Halloween. That might not sit well with some folks but he sure looks the part. (BizNasty2point0 on Twitter)

If you think people weren’t upset by that costume… You’d be wrong. (Sun Media, Puck Daddy)

Not that we’re ushering in Jaromir Jagr’s retirement, but when he’s done playing hockey he’ll be busy as an owner in the Czech League. (CSNPhilly.com)

Quebec City doesn’t have a new arena yet, but they’ve already got plans to honor their past ready to go. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Nick Leddy is quietly turning into one of Chicago’s steadiest defensemen. Not bad for a 19 year-old. Why can’t the Wild find guys like that? (CSNChicago.com)

Sens rookie goalie Robin Lehner sticks up for Nikita Filatov saying he’s too good for the AHL. Now if only he’d prove that in the NHL…  (Senators Extra)

Mike Fisher isn’t joining the Predators on their road trip to Chicago after getting blown up by Francois Beauchemin. Uh oh. (Tennessean)

Money on the board? Florida assistant coach Craig Ramsay gears up to face his former team the Atlanta… Winnipeg Jets. (NHL)

When not complaining about referee conspiracies, the Bruins look to get the defensive groove back. (CSNNE.com)

Just call the Panthers doormen because they’re making opponents have closed-door meetings after playing them. (Sun Sentinel)

Finally, it might be time for the L.A. Dodgers to sign up Scott Parse after this batted-in goal against Colorado.

Sharks name Pavelski captain; Thornton, Couture alternates

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Joe Pavelski is the new captain of the San Jose Sharks. The club made the announcement today via Twitter.

The former captain, Joe Thornton, will be an alternate captain, along with Logan Couture.

Pavelski, 31, was the Sharks’ leading scorer last season, finishing with 37 goals and 33 assists. He’s also signed through 2018-19, so giving him the ‘C’ makes sense from a long-term stability perspective.

Couture, 26, is also signed through 2018-19, while Thornton, 36, only has two years left on his contract.

The Sharks had four alternate captains (Thornton, Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic) in 2014-15, but no captain.

Related: DeBoer says Sharks will have a captain next season

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.