Dustin Penner

PHT Morning Skate: Where Dustin Penner’s turnaround is quite remarkable

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.

Did you think Dustin Penner would score the series-clinching overtime goal last night? With how he’s bounced back in the playoffs maybe you should have. (NHL.com)

Things were bad on the ice for the Coyotes but they were better for them off it as the City of Glendale approved a city budget that would help them fix their lease for Greg Jamison to buy the team. (The Hockey News)

Meanwhile, David Shoalts doesn’t see things being quite so rosy with the team and its possible deal. (The Globe And Mail)

Devils players were pretty happy with Peter DeBoer yelling at John Tortorella. Who doesn’t like seeing coach get fired up? (Fire & Ice)

Know who had the best view of the coaches going at it? Pierre McGuire and he shared what it was like. (New York Times)

Nathan Horton is showing progress with his concussion symptoms and that’s great news. (CSNNE.com)

Jaroslav Spacek has nothing but nice things to say about playing in Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)

Hurricanes goalie Michael Murphy is taking his game to Russia and the KHL. (News & Observer)

Scouts have their work cut out for them analyzing this year’s draft class thanks to injuries. (Flames)

The Norfolk Admirals (Lightning) swept the St. John’s IceCaps (Jets) to book their spot in the Calder Cup finals. (Sportsnet)

Meanwhile, the Flyers fired their AHL team’s head coach Joe Paterson. (CSNPhilly.com)

Inside College Hockey is already prepped for next season putting out their Top 10 list for 2013. (INCH)

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.