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PHT Morning Skate: Trade deadline reaction 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.

John Scott was bumming out pretty hard about leaving Chicago. I think he’ll do just fine in New York City with the Rangers. (

Jamie McGinn’s tale of being told he was traded is pretty sad. (Working The Corners)

James van Riemsdyk was just happy to not be sent anywhere yesterday. (

Oh hey, look. Canadian writers are piling on about Winnipeg being better than Atlanta. Again. (Edmonton Sun)

Tanner Glass does have some perks living in Winnipeg, however. (Winnipeg Sun)

Scott Howson is going to eat a ton of blame for not getting Rick Nash sent out of town and then calling him out for asking for said trade. Nick Cotsonika says Howson did right to stick up for his team. (Yahoo!)

Pete DeBoer was pretty happy with the penalties David Clarkson took last night. Hope he can live with a possible suspension too. (The Star-Ledger)

Nicklas Lidstrom and Kyle Quincey are feeling banged up. Brendan Smith is on the way to prove he can stick around. (Detroit Free Press)

The Jets are calling last night’s loss to Edmonton the “worst of the year.” (Winnipeg Sun)

Al MacInnis is now “Forever A Flame” after being honored last night. (Sportsnet)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.