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PHT Morning Skate: Where Peter DeBoer pictures the Kings as a mythical hydra

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.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer says the Kings are a “three or four-headed monster” with who can beat you. Perhaps they’ll need to call in Perseus (Pariseus?) to slay the beast. (TSN)

Jonathan Quick seems to believe the Devils play a lot like how the Kings do. (Hint: He’s right) (LA Kings Insider)

Are the Kings the best eighth seed ever? James Mirtle believes they are. (Globe And Mail)

Travis Zajac is quietly being really awesome in the playoffs for New Jersey. (Sportsnet)

Bob McKenzie reflects back on when the Kings were hot after Ilya Kovalchuk. (TSN)

If you think the Kings will lose track of their sticks and get busted the way they did in 1993 this time around, you’ve got another thing coming. (Los Angeles Times)

With Game 1 approaching on Wednesday, getting back into a routine is bringing normalcy back for the Kings. (LA Kings Insider)

Peter DeBoer says Mike Richards would run you over to win a Stanley Cup. Good thing I won’t be on the ice then. (Fire & Ice)

Leafs GM Brian Burke has a lot of stuff on his mind about things including the Canadiens and Roberto Luongo. (Toronto Sun)

The Rangers would love to add some goals to their tough, physical play next season. What a novel idea! (Sportsnet)

Blues defenseman Barret Jackman is set to be a free agent this summer, is he headed out of town? (Post-Dispatch)

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”



Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.