Sharks Holiday Video

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Sharks’ holiday video continues to own

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.

Taylor Hall is champing at the bit to get back into action. (Edmonton Journal)

Kevin Dineen thought the Devils were interfering all night. The Devils? Interfering? That’s outrageous! (Sun-Sentinel)

Jaromir Jagr is excited by the Flyers’ toughness. Their mental toughness that is. (Broad Street Bull)

Patrick Kane is ready to show off the other side of Patrick Kane with the NHL’s new series, “NHL 36.” (NHL)

Rod Pelley is very excited to join the Ducks and play for a different organization for the first time. (OC Register)

Henrik Tallinder was injured thanks to a slash from Brian Campbell. (Star-Ledger)

Brian Elliott’s career has been a roller coaster ride for the Blues’ standout goalie. (Post-Dispatch)

Finally, the San Jose Sharks’ annual holiday video does not disappoint. This time, see your favorite Sharks stars play the role of Home Shopping Network hosts. They’re truly fabulous. (YouTube)

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.