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PHT Morning Skate: Where Michal Neuvirth critiques Braden Holtby


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.

Puck Daddy passes along a rather surprising translated bit from Russian Machine Never Breaks where Michal Neuvirth doesn’t exactly, um, talk up Braden Holtby. (RMNB via Puck Daddy)

Joel Quenneville threw out the first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game. Check out the video to review his work. (CSNChicago.com)

Mike Chen’s eight-point plan to find a compromise between the players and owners. (SBNation)

Should the Dallas Stars change their logo and jersey design? (Defending Big D)

Raw Charge reflects on Matt Carle using Dave Andreychuk’s No. 25. (Raw Charge)

Stanley Cup of Chowder’s report card for Zdeno Chara’s 2011-12 season. (SCoC)

The Florida Panthers’ contract discussions with Dmitry Kulikov have apparently screeched to a halt. (Miami Herald)

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 a vehicle that ran into a tree.

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.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.