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PHT Morning Skate: Debating Rick Nash’s value

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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.

Adrian Dater compares the 2004-05 lockout to next season’s potential work stoppage. (Sports Illustrated)

Is Rick Nash overrated? (SNY reacting to EJ Hradek)

NHL.com calls Martin Havlat the San Jose Sharks’ X-factor. (NHL.com)

Chris Roberts provides a comprehensive roundup of this summer’s free agent moves. (Litter Box Cats)

Linda Sparks provides a fascinating look into the history of women’s hockey. (On the Forecheck)

Eric Stephens takes a look at Bobby Ryan’s future with the Anaheim Ducks – assuming he has one, of course. (OC Register via Rotoworld)

“The death last week of the Rangers star Don Raleigh at 86 severed another of the last links to a long-vanished world of hockey where the ice was brown, chicken-wire fencing guarded the ends of the rink and a skinny player who developed a taste for opera could make it in the NHL.”

– Jeff Z. Klein (The New York Times)

Tim Panaccio’s take on the lockout. (CSNPhilly.com)

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

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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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

Raffi Torres

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?