Dany Heatley

PHT Morning Skate: Good thing Heatley isn’t in Ottawa


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.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s $4 million grievance against Dany Heatley is reportedly “inching closer” to being heard. It dates back to when Heatley refused a trade to Edmonton and thus collected an option for that aforementioned amount before getting sent to San Jose. So yeah … it’s probably best that Heatley is nowhere close to Ottawa this weekend, then. (Ottawa Sun)

TSN projects the roster for the 2014 Canadian Olympic team (if all is right in the world and the NHL decides to go, that is). Two inclusions that might surprise you are Jamie Benn and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. (TSN)

Check out this fascinating bit showcasing Brian Burke on the art of trading and how inexact that art can be when you have a blooper like “A second-round pick in Vancouver for Vadim Sharifijanov,” on your resume. (The National Post)

Wait, did Scott Hartnell just say that he “played swords” with Joffrey Lupul in the restroom? (Puck Daddy)

Following a familiarity-laced Fantasy Draft, we’ll take all the little bits of intrigue we can get, but this one has more legs. Will this be the only time Shea Weber and Ryan Suter wear different uniforms in 2012? (On the Forecheck)

Raw Charge asks: what would you change about Guy Boucher? One answer is not allowed: “His scar.” Seriously, I won’t allow you to choose that. (Raw Charge)

The Ottawa Citizen has video of the first day of the NHL’s Fan Fair. (Ottawa Citizen)

Brian Elliott’s All-Star journey isn’t the only amazing one. In fact, some might find Dennis Wideman’s even more unlikely. (The Washington Times)

More whimsy and perspective on Logan Couture going last overall in the 2012 Fantasy Draft. (Working the Corners)

The Blackhawks best enjoy their break because a nine-game road trip is right around the corner. (CSN Chicago)

Want an alternate reality, fantasy hockey-themed take on the fantasy draft? One featuring picks by your humble author? Well, too bad, click it anyway … (Rotoworld Daily Dose)

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker

Devils send ’15 first-rounder Zacha back to junior

2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.

Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.

The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.

“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told NJ.com. “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.

The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.

Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.