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PHT Morning Skate: Where Saku Koivu fears the lockout

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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.

Few really benefit from a lockout, but what about players in the twilight of their careers? Saku Koivu told Dave Stubbs “I hope we don’t miss a day.” (Dave Stubbs)

Mark Spector discusses how the Nashville Predators “avoided the realm of irrelevancy” by matching the Shea Weber offer sheet. (

John Kreiser takes a look at NHL records that are unlikely to be broken – and not all of them have the name “Wayne Gretzky” next to them. (

Mike Heika is breaking down the top 10 players in Dallas Stars history, starting off with Loui Eriksson. Who knows how far he’ll finish up the team’s all-time list once his career is over? (Dallas Morning News)

Joe Pelletier is taking a look at the connections between hockey and baseball, including this interesting bit about how Gordie Howe’s hardball skills. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Ken Wiebe reports that both the Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane’s representatives would prefer to get a long-term contract settled. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Detroit Red Wings’ perspective regarding that whole “possibly having to deal with Weber for more than a decade longer” mess. (Detroit Free Press)

The St. Louis Blues’ financial structure includes plenty of “bridge” contracts, which allows the team to ascertain how much players are really worth. (

GM Peter Chiarelli hints that the Boston Bruins are done shopping for free agents this summer. (

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?