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.
Anaheim meets up with their favorite enemy Jordin Tootoo and they say they don’t want a grudge match. Tootoo going full Rorschach wouldn’t shock us in the least. “I’m not locked in here with you! You’re locked in here with me!” (OC Register)
Georges Laraque’s accusations about drug use in the NHL are a big deal. The Winnipeg Jets are picking up where Nancy Reagan left off in the 80s and just saying, “no.” (Winnipeg Sun)
Dan Paille is set to get surgery on his broken nose and cuts after taking a puck off his face. Even with a visor on he took a beating. Thank goodness he had one on. (CSNNE.com)
Maybe we should call out Dustin Penner more often. Penner had two assists helping the Kings beat the Preds 4-3. (NBC Sports)
The Caps and Rangers made a minor-league swap yesterday. If you’re into the AHL, get your fill on that. (Caps Insider)
Mark Howe is going into the Hockey Hall of Fame this weekend and Lance Hornby has a great take on his career. (Toronto Sun)
Jason Spezza is looking to bust out offensively for Ottawa. They’ll need all they can get out of their offensive super guy. (Ottawa Sun)
Flyers minor leaguer Marc-Andre Bourdon has an aspiring career as an 80s beat boxer as he showed off to Adirondack Phantoms radio man Bob Rotruck. Someone bring back the Fat Boys, they’ll love this. (Bob Rotruck)
Finally, did you ever think you’d see a spin-o-rama pass from Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad? Neither did we. (NHL)
The Toronto Maple Leafs trimmed their training camp roster by 16 players on Sunday.
Two of the Leafs’ top prospects, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen, are heading to the the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
For the full list of cuts, click here.
Nylander was Toronto’s first round pick, eighth overall, in 2014.
The 19-year-old scored an impressive 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with the Marlies in 2014-15.
Kapenen, 19, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Phil Kessel trade.
He had one goal and one assist in a brief four game stint with Pittsburgh’s farm team last season.
The rebuilding Maple Leafs have no issue being patient with their top young prospects. Both players could make their NHL debut at some point this season, but they may have to wait a little while longer before they become regulars at the next level.
The Leafs now have 24 players on their training camp roster. They have until Tuesday to put the finishing touches on their lineup. Toronto needs to cut at least one more player.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”