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PHT Morning Skate: Pekka Rinne loves to “party”

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.

Pekka Rinne calls facing 43 shots against the Blues a “party.” Funny, I’d call facing 43 shots “an easy route to a stomach pumping.” Thank you, thank you. Tip your waitress. (Tennessean)

How’d Alex Ovechkin feel after his first game back? “I feel pretty good, fresh out there.” Don’t hold back now Ovi. (Capitals Insider)

Marty Howe updates us on how his dad Gordie is doing after reports that he was suffering from dementia. (

Ken Holland is looking at the trade market but likes what he’s got with the Wings. Must be nice. (Detroit Free Press)

Lightning rookie Brett Connolly is having a hard time this season. (Tampa Tribune)

The Wild are close to signing Nate Prosser to an extension. And now your morning has been made. (Star Tribune)

Ryan Smyth has a host of trade suitors for this year’s trade deadline. What year is this again? (Ottawa Sun)

Come on, you know you want to see the Red Wings play broomball. (Backhand Shelf)


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.