Dustin Brown

PHT Morning Skate: Where Dustin Brown is the leader the Kings needed

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.

Dustin Brown’s season started off rough and nearly ended up being even harder thanks to trade rumors. Through it all though, he’s proving to be the leader the Kings needed all along. (Los Angeles Times)

Ryan Miller said last night’s win over Washington was “a lot of fun.” Let’s not ask the Caps about it though. (CSNWashington.com)

Joe Thornton wants his Sharks to enjoy the pressure they’re under to make the playoffs. That’s a novel approach. (CSNBayArea.com)

Go figure: The Red Wings start getting healthy and they start scoring goals. That’s… Not a coincidence. (Detroit Free Press)

Barry Trotz don’t care about no stinkin’ milestones. 500 wins? Pssh, whatever. (Tennessean)

Explain this: The Canadiens are out of the playoffs, they said they wanted to get a good look at their kids and yet Blake Geoffrion continues to sit. (Montreal Gazette)

San Jose’s Andrew Desjardins is responding the right way after being benched. (CSNBayArea.com)

The Winnipeg Jets don’t believe it’s all over for them. The standings seem to indicate otherwise. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Wild will at least get a look at prospect Jason Zucker over their last few games as he’s signed out of Denver University. (Star Tribune)

Toronto’s Mike Brown says he’s not about to change his game in spite of it leading to nagging injuries. (Toronto Sun)

Last night’s Blues win over the Predators featured two of the three of the league’s highest-scoring pairs of defensemen. (Post-Dispatch)

Bruce Boudreau’s tantrum against Boston the other night was nearly one for the ages according to Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register. (OC Register)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

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 CSNNE.com’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.