Nikolai Khabibulin

PHT Morning Skate: Trade deadline day edition

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.

Nikolai Khabibulin might get to make his first start in Winnipeg since the mid-90s… If he’s not traded before tonight’s game. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Predators will be busy today looking for the right deal to help them fight through the Western Conference playoffs. (Tennessean)

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues aren’t looking to make any big splashes today. (Post-Dispatch)

The Winnipeg Jets might want to mix things up today, but they’re a bit short on marketable players to deal. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Ducks aren’t looking to make any big deals. What a marked contrast that is to where they were a few months ago, eh? (OC Register)

Likewise, the Tampa Bay Lightning are probably done dealing as well. (Tampa Tribune)

The Buffalo Sabres might be mixing things up today, just like they always do on deadline day. (Buffalo News)

Should the Toronto Maple Leafs be sellers today? James Mirtle thinks they should be with their goalies. (The Globe And Mail)

Meanwhile, David Shoalts knows that Rick Nash is getting traded either today or this summer. (The Globe And Mail)

In non-trade news: Johnny Boychuk is still feeling foggy after getting trucked by Chris Neil the other night. (

Peter Chiarelli, meanwhile, is hoping that he can close out on the deals he’s working on. (Boston Globe)

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.