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PHT Morning Skate: Where Trotz knows Nashville is on Doan’s shortlist


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.

The Detroit Red Wings’ search for a defenseman might be on hold until more progress is made towards a new CBA. (Detroit News)

Speaking of the labor negotiations, Mike Mottau might need to wait until it’s sorted out before he’ll be able to find an NHL team interested in inking him. (CSNNE.com

Jeff Skinner’s newly signed six-year, $34,350,000 contract extension might impact Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle’s negotiations. Both are scheduled to become restricted free agents in the summer of 2013. (Edmonton Journal)

Colin Wilson thinks he’ll be more consistent in 2012-13. Later in the article, it’s mentioned that Predators coach Barry Trotz has been in contact with Shane Doan and knows “Nashville is on his short list” if things don’t work out with Phoenix. (The Tennessean)

Florida Panthers prospect Nick Bjugstad plans to spend the 2012-13 season with the University of Minnesota. (NHL.com)

While the New York Knicks and Rangers aren’t playing, the suites in Madison Square Garden are being rebuilt. (New York Newsday)

Two-for-two: Another successful coach’s challenge as Sens reverse Kane’s goal

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Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.

Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.

From the league:

At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.

The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.

As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal


Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.

The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.

Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.