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PHT Morning Skate: Brooks Laich is sick of excuses

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.

Tarik El-Bashir relays some money quotes from Brooks Laich who isn’t here to collect adulation for a nice effort. (Twitter, Twitter again)

Erik Karlsson does a strip tease? Well, not exactly. (Ottawa Sun)

The Sabres can’t wait to celebrate/be outraged by what Jordin Tootoo’s punishment for running over Ryan Miller is. (Buffalo News)

Remember how mad Jonas Hiller was at his team for losing to Minnesota? Bruce Boudreau is going to have a chat with him about it. (OC Register)

Meanwhile, Boudreau is making awfully good on sounding like he really doesn’t like the Ducks’ rivals, the L.A. Kings. (L.A. Times)

Jonas Gustavsson is making life tricky on Ron Wilson by playing so well. Don’t worry, once James Reimer is fully back in shape, this won’t be an issue anymore. (Sportsnet)

The Blues’ goal scoring has dropped off. Under Ken Hitchcock? No way. (Post-Dispatch)

The Jets get to see how they stack up against the Bruins. Prediction: Not very well. (Winnipeg Sun)

Henrik Karlsson is on IR after getting run over and now Leland Irving gets to back up Miikka Kiprusoff. With a name like that, he’d be a hell of an accountant. (Calgary Sun)

Update: Wisniewski tore ACL 47 seconds into ‘Canes debut

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Last night, we passed along news that veteran d-man James Wisniewski — acquired from Carolina at the draft — suffered what looked to be a serious injury just 47 seconds into his ‘Canes debut, and was ruled out for the remainder of the night.

Now, he’s been ruled out for a lot longer than that.

From the club:

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game in Nashville.

Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.

This is, obviously, a tough development for both player and club. The ‘Canes were counting on Wisniewski to be a regular contributor on defense this year, and help improve last year’s middle-of-the-pack power play.

Wisniewski, meanwhile, was looking to bounce back from a disappointing ’14-15 campaign. He was shipped out of Columbus at the deadline to Anaheim but never made an impact for the Ducks, failing to see any playoff action as Anaheim made it all the way to the Western Conference final.

Jordan Weal to make NHL debut for Kings

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Two days after an uninspiring performance versus San Jose, the Los Angeles Kings will be getting an injection of youthful enthusiasm tonight versus Arizona.

Coach Darryl Sutter confirmed today that Jordan Weal will make his NHL debut at Staples Center.

A 23-year-old center, Weal is expected to replace Andy Andreoff and skate between Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan on the fourth line.

“It’s really exciting,” Weal told LA Kings Insider. “A lot of work has gone into getting to this part of my career, and the hard work’s just going to continue. It’s going to keep going, and I’m trying to do as much as I can in this game and keep improving from this game moving forward in trying to solidify a solid spot in the lineup.”

The 70th overall pick in 2010, Weal had 69 points in 73 games last season for AHL Manchester.

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