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PHT Morning Skate: Where Travis Zajac and Zach Parise are happy together again


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.

With the Devils’ forwards being mostly healthy again, Travis Zajac and Zach Parise are happy to be teamed together on the same line all over again. (Fire & Ice)

Ilya Bryzgalov is aiming to return on Tuesday from his slight injury. (CSNPhilly.com)

Kings coach Darryl Sutter isn’t a fan of many things, but three-point games irk him the most. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Oilers GM Steve Tambellini might want to peruse the CBA again after forgetting he’d already burned through his four post-trade deadline call-ups. Tyler Dellow aptly rips him for it. (mc79hockey)

Habs coach Randy Cunneyworth says that his team at least had their heart in last night’s 4-1 loss to the Rangers. Moral victories don’t count in the standings. (Montreal Gazette)

Now that the Blackhawks nearly have a playoff spot clinched, don’t expect them to take their foot off the gas. (CSNChicago.com)

Jimmy Howard says he’s more than ready for a Predators-Wings first-round playoff series. (Detroit Free Press)

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.