Jonathan Quick

PHT Morning Skate: Where Jonathan Quick is turning around L.A.’s poor goalie history


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.

Remember Jamie Storr, Roman Chechmanek, Mathieu Garon, and Dan Cloutier? Kings fans would like to forget them all and Jonathan Quick made that a lot easier. (OC Register)

Kings GM Dean Lombardi learned a lot of his skills from Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. The Stanley Cup finals won’t be too weird now, will it? (Fire & Ice)

Story line you’ll hear a lot of: Ilya Kovalchuk and the Kings getting awkwardly re-acquainted. (LA Kings Insider)

Marty McSorley is getting a lot of press about his illegal stick in the 1993 Stanley Cup finals that helped swing the series in Montreal’s favor and he’s hoping the Kings now can end his “curse.” (

Know what’s fun? Hockey. Know what columnist Roy MacGregor finds not fun? A lot of the hockey we’ve seen in the playoffs. (Globe And Mail)

Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill is a big fan of prospect winger Tomas Jurco. (Detroit Free Press)

The fighting debate rages on and the macho aspect of it plays a big part. (Globe And Mail)

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’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.