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PHT Morning Skate: In which Sam Gagner misses his good buddy

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.

Edmonton’s Sam Gagner was caught off-guard by the trade that sent Tom Gilbert to Minnesota in exchange for Nick Schultz. “It’s tough to see him go, he’s obviously one of my best friends and he’s a great guy,” Gagner said of Gilbert. “But we picked up a great player in return.” (Toronto Sun)

Carlo Colaiacovo and Andy McDonald talk about life under Ken Hitchcock. Oh yeah, the Blues are 34-10-7 on Hitch’s watch. (QMI Agency)

Stephane Veilleux is back in Minnesota…with a vengeance! (Minnesota Star-Tribune)

Newly-acquired Bruins defenseman Greg Zanon spent his first day in Boston getting lost. “I was on Hanover [Street] and I started walking around and had lunch, and I was like, ‘Oh, let’s go down this street’ rather than just retracing my steps and ended up — I have no idea, just some side street. There’s that rink [Steriti Memorial Rink] down there and I remembered passing it when I went to the hotel, so I was able to find my way back.” (NESN.com)

Ken Warren thinks the Senators should practice caution when it comes to a new contract for defenseman (and potential Norris candidate) Erik Karlsson. (Ottawa Citizen)

Freshly-minted Rangers enforcer John Scott reminisces about Derek Boogaard. “I think about him every day. I’m a Ranger now, and I still can’t believe my friend – the guy was everybody’s friend – isn’t around any more. It’s kind of eerie that I’m following in his footsteps.” (Globe and Mail)

Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner speaks out on a potential fighting ban in junior hockey. “We’re preparing guys for the next level and if you toughen the rules and get rid of it (fighting) in the game, it would have to coincide with the NHL and AHL. If they’re not doing it, then you’re putting kids (looking to go pro) in a tough situation.” (Windsor Star)

Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever


Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.

Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.

And what a look it was.

In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.

It was, in a word, fun.

Lots of fun.

A quick sampling of reviews:

Of course, not everybody was a fan:

Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.

But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


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.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…