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.
Could the nasty stuff in recent playoff games have an effect on business for the NHL? (The Globe & Mail)
Speaking of nasty stuff, Duncan Keith admits that he can relate to Raffi Torres. I think it rhymes with “suspension.” (CSNChicago.com)
The Contrarian Goaltender brings up a point that many of us have probably considered: sitting on a lead isn’t working out so well in the 2012 playoffs. (Brodeur is a Fraud)
Speaking of Martin Brodeur, he told Tom Gulitti that he never doubted he would start in Game 4. Apparently he hasn’t seen any footage of Game 3. (Fire & Ice)
Maxime Talbot knows that the Penguins are capable of a comeback. (CSNPhilly.com)
Drew Sharp thinks it might be time to “break up” the Detroit Red Wings. Yes, seriously. (Detroit Free Press)
The Vancouver Sun really pushes the pun headline/fake word envelope by using “Sedinery” in place of “scenery.” Bold. (Vancouver Sun)
Ken Hitchcock has an awfully interesting comment about travel implications if the San Jose Sharks-St. Louis Blues series ended up tied 2-2. (Working the Corners)
The Rangers still have their confidence even after losing to the Senators in overtime (NHL.com)
Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.
According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.
The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.
A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.
“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”
This story will be updated when more information is made available.
The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.
According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.
The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.
Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.
The veteran winger started last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.
Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.