PHT Morning Skate: Where the players want to help the smaller teams

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.

Many NHL players want to have the smaller, struggling teams get a bit more help, and why wouldn’t they want that? More money for everyone is a good thing. (The Tennessean)

Steve Simmons wants to know why American coaching hero Herb Brooks is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and Canadian hockey hero Paul Henderson isn’t. (Toronto Sun)

The Avalanche (and Nuggets) came up big in a charity event in Jessica Redfield’s memory. (All Things Avs)

Oilers coach Ralph Krueger decided to hide out in the woods this summer. Would you rather talk to a bear or Ben Eager? (Edmonton Sun)

Al Montoya has some new Jets-themed mask art. (Sportsnet)

Add Fedor Tyutin to the list of players destined for the KHL if there’s a lockout. (Columbus Dispatch)

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.