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PHT Morning Skate: Where Don Cherry sticks up for Sidney Crosby


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.

Don Cherry spent last night sticking up for what Sidney Crosby did in Game 3 against Philly as well as all the violence that’s gone on in the playoffs. If you’re surprised by this, where have you been the last 30 years? (Sportsnet)

Brian Boyle has carved out a nice niche as the guy to be hated in Ottawa. Scoring the lone goal in last night’s Game 3 helped a lot. (Ottawa Sun)

Chris Kreider couldn’t be more relieved after making his NHL debut against Ottawa in Game 3. (

Karl Alzner thinks Milan Lucic is a crybaby and Lucic says “that’s a lot coming from a guy with three roughing penalties in two years.” What? (

Meanwhile the Bruins are steaming mad about how the Capitals are handling their sticks. A Jason Chimera spear to the groin and a Nicklas Backstrom cross check to the head will do that. (

Meanwhile, Chuck Gormley at doesn’t think Backstrom will be suspended for his stick work. (

Jason Arnott is showing what being a veteran leader is all about with the Blues. (Post-Dispatch)

Darren Helm reached out to Mike Modano after suffering his skate laceration in Game 1 vs. Nashville. (Detroit Free Press)

Ryan Suter couldn’t be happier with how he’s playing right now. (Tennessean)

If you can explain why Brent Sutter’s stock as an available coach is on the rise after miserable years in Calgary, I’d like you to go ahead and give a sound explanation for it. (Calgary Sun)

Blues put Berglund on LTIR, use savings to sign Gomez

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As was the case last season, Scott Gomez accepted a professional tryout offer because he went unsigned over the summer and once again he has used that opportunity to extend his career.

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed Gomez to a one-year contract. They didn’t disclose the financial terms, but it’s a two-way deal that comes with a base salary of $575K at the NHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

In order to free up the space necessary to sign him, St. Louis moved Patrik Berglund to the long-term injured reserve list. Berglund had shoulder surgery in August and isn’t expected to be available until January.

Gomez, 35, is coming off of a resurgence campaign where he recorded 34 points in 58 games on a Devils’ team that finished near the bottom of the pack offensively. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will be bringing more than a 1,000 games worth of NHL experience to St. Louis.

He’s not the only veteran forward to make the team off of a PTO as the Blues signed Scottie Upshall on Monday.

NHL key dates for the 2015-16 season

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Nov. 10 —  NHL General Managers Meeting (Toronto)

At last year’s November meetings, the GMs decided to kill the dry scrape. But these meetings usually serve as a table-setter for the rest of the season. It’s the more in-depth meetings in March where the majority of things get decided.

Nov. 27 — NHL Thanksgiving Showdown: Rangers at Bruins

The first of 12 “NHL on NBC” games in 2015-16. Click here for the full list, including the games on NBCSN.

Dec. 7-8 — NHL Board of Governors Meeting (Pebble Beach)

This is where we could find out about expansion. Will both Las Vegas and Quebec City get the nod? Only one of them? Neither of them?

Jan. 1 — Winter Classic: Canadiens at Bruins

From Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Please don’t make any “deflated pucks” jokes. You’re better than that.

Jan. 28-Feb. 1 — All-Star Break

This year’s festivities are being held in Nashville, which is a pretty fun town we hear. Skills competition on Saturday the 30th, game on Sunday the 31st. Over/under has been set at 25 goals and 60 percent effort.

Feb. 29 — NHL trade deadline

Leap day! Click here for a list of pending unrestricted free agents, a.k.a. potential rentals.

Mar. 14-16 — NHL General Managers Meeting (Boca Raton)

As mentioned, these are the more in-depth meetings where any recommendations are typically made. Last season, the GMs recommended 3-on-3 overtime and a coach’s challenge.

Apr. 9 — Last day of the regular season

All 30 teams in action on this Saturday. Playoffs begin four days later on Wednesday. Also, the draft lottery’s date is still to be determined, but should be held sometime around here.

June 18 — Last possible day for the Stanley Cup Final

Click here for PHT’s Cup picks.

June 24-25 — NHL draft

In Buffalo this year. Click here for Central Scouting’s “players to watch” list, led by Auston Matthews.

July 1 — Free agency begins

And then it’s summer.