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PHT Morning Skate: Where Raffi Torres gets to appeal

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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.

Adam Jahns reports that the league (er, Gary Bettman) will hear Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres’ appeal soon. As you may recall, he received a 25-game suspension for an ugly hit on Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa. (Chicago Sun Times, via Lyle Richardson)

NHLPA head Donald Fehr hopes to “grow the game.” Here’s the first tip: don’t allow a lockout to happen. (IIHF)

Apparently 2008 was an especially bad year for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (The Hockey Writers)

On June 14, 1945, the NHL rejected an attempt to bring a team to Philadelphia for the 1946-47 season. Then, almost 50 years later, Bobby Clarke became the Flyers general manager. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Quite the huge last few months for Dustin Penner. He was productive during the 2012 playoffs, won his second career Stanley Cup, dominated the “awesome beard” division and then shaved it down to a truly astonishing handlebar ‘stache. Now all he needs to do is sign a ridiculous contract on July 1 or so … (Puck Daddy)

New Jersey Devils forward Petr Sykora and backup goalie Johan Hedberg discuss their futures with the team. (Fire & Ice)

Drew Doughty grew up rooting for the Los Angeles Kings. (Los Angeles Times)

Anaheim Ducks fans might just need to get used to the Kings being a dominant team. On the bright side, they can still pick on San Jose Sharks fans. (OC Register)

Bryce Salvador admits that there’s a chance he won’t be back with the Devils next season. (NHL.com)

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.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

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.