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PHT’s Morning Skate: Realignment, enforcers, and diving


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.

Looks like the Flyers could have injury problems on the blueline. No, we’re not talking about Pronger either. (CSN Philly)

Speaking of the Flyers, are they a team that has a reputation for diving? Bruce Boudreau thinks so. (OC Register)

The enforcer role is slowly being fazed out of NHL rosters. Adrian Dater thinks that’s a step in the right direction. (Denver Post)

John Branch takes a look back at Derek Boogaard and the life and death of an enforcer. (New York Times)

Todd McLennan planned on giving the Sharks a day off on Sunday. But after their lackluster effort against the Panthers, that went out the window. (Mercury News)

Do you want to know if the Detroit Red Wings may end up in the Eastern Conference? Could the Dallas Stars end up in the “Howe Division?” Here’s what realignment could look like. (Star-Ledger)

Is 20-year-old, Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman worth $20 million? Absolutely. (Tampa Tribune)

It’s going to take time, but the Capitals are already starting to show some signs that they are acclimating themselves to Dale Hunter’s style of play. (Kings of Leonsis)

We’re hearing plenty about The Nuge in the early going this year. But No. 2 overall pick Gabriel Landeskog hasn’t disappointed either. (Backhand Shelf)

It’s no secret that the Kings are struggling to score goals these days. But is that the coach’s fault or should the blame be directed towards players? (Surly & Scribe)

The last time we saw Ryan Miller in the net, he was getting hit by an opponent and trying to figure out what was going on while his teammates sat idly on the sidelines. On Saturday night, the Sabres proved that they learned their lesson. Check out the video:

Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth

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Kari Lehtonen will miss at least a few games with the upper-body injury he suffered the other night against Ottawa. The Dallas Stars announced today that they’ve placed the 32-year-old goalie on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.

With Lehtonen out, Jack Campbell has been called up from AHL Texas to be Antti Niemi‘s backup. The Stars host Vancouver Friday, with a game at Minnesota Saturday.

Campbell, the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has struggled in the AHL this season, going 3-3-0 with an .873 save percentage.

The Stars have also recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth.

Related: Campbell credits ECHL stint for turning his game around

Gleason ends tryout with ‘Canes

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Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.

“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”

Gleason started last season with Carolina before he was traded to Washington in February.

In his career, he’s played 727 NHL games, plus 32 more in the playoffs.

Isles call Strome back up

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Ryan Strome has been called back to the New York Islanders, the club announced this morning.

The 22-year-old returns to the NHL after eight games with AHL Bridgeport Sound. He had been sent there three weeks ago, after a tough start to the season.

Strome had two goals and two assists during his stint with the Tigers.

The Isles’ next game is Friday at Florida.

McLellan on Oilers’ loss to ‘Canes: ‘That’s a really disappointing effort from our hockey club’

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With the addition of Connor McDavid, 2015-16 was supposed to be the year Edmonton showed significant progress on the ice.

We’re less than two months into the season, McDavid’s out because of a broken clavicle, and the so-called progress just hasn’t been there.

On Wednesday, the Oilers hit a new low, as they were handed their fifth loss in their last six games at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring in the first period, but Carolina answered with four unanswered goals by Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm, Jeff Skinner and Andrej Nestrasil to win 4-1.

“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”

As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupov to injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.

After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:

Edmonton collected 14 points in the first 22 games of the 2014-15 season and after the same amount of games this year, they have just one more point.

They’re currently alone in last place.