Teemu Selanne

PHT Morning Skate: Anaheim is ruining Selanne’s final season


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.

If Teemu Selanne wasn’t going to retire after this year, the Ducks losing ways might be pushing him to do it anyhow. Quit ruining his season, Anaheim! This is more nightmare than story book. (OC Register)

Cory Schneider is an unstoppable force. Hope Roberto Luongo is getting cozy on the bench after Vancouver’s 4-1 win over Columbus. (NBC Sports)

Dustin Penner is healthy… But is he even going to get back in the Kings lineup? (Kings)

Predators color analyst Terry Crisp went back to Calgary last night as a conquering hero. (Tennessean)

What’s the deal with injured Penguins Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek both leaving New York City early? (Chipped Ice)

Claude Julien is becoming a very underrated troll for his rivals. Calling Max Pacioretty’s hit on Kris Letang similar to Matt Cooke’s cheap shot on Marc Savard is a double-burn for both the Habs and Penguins. (CSNNE.com)

Caps have more coaching changes going on. Assistant coach Bob Woods is out as they bring in Jim Johnson to join Dale Hunter. (CSNWashington.com)

Meanwhile, Caps prospect Mattias Sjogren is persona non grata after ditching out on their farm team in Hershey. (CSNWashington.com)

Dmitry Kulikov could be out for a while after getting his leg cut by Eric Staal’s skate. (On Frozen Blog)

Finally, check out Florida’s Jack Skille giving us one of the worst penalty shot attempts we’ve seen in a long time. (NHL)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.