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PHT Morning Skate: Leafs unraveling like a cheap sweater


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.

The Leafs loss in Florida last night is just a drop in the bucket for how bad their second half of the season has been. (TSN)

When it comes to uphill climbs, the Ducks have about as big of one as any team on the fringe of the playoff discussion. They basically have to win out to have a chance. (OC Register)

The Blues aren’t sold yet, but both the team and the NHL are confident things will be done in weeks. (Post-Dispatch)

Bruins injury update: Adam McQuaid suffers a setback while Rich Peverley is back to skating. (

Because you needed another update on Alexander Radulov: The Predators feel “cautiously optimistic” that he’ll be able to rejoin them this season. (Tennessean)

Tampa Bay’s Bruno Gervais would really like to get back and help the Lightning push for the playoffs. No one tell Bruno that the Lightning traded for a thousand defensemen at the deadline. (Tampa Tribune)

Finally, everyone loves Jarome Iginla so check out his goal from last night that gave him 30 on the season, his 11th straight with 30 or more. (NHL)

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”