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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.

Mike Fisher feels like the players are negotiating with themselves. (The Tennessean)

Mats Sundin has confirmed that he will take part in the upcoming Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic. That game will take place on Nov. 11 and will also feature the rest of the 2012 Hall of Fame class — Adam Oates, Joe Sakic, and Pavel Bure. (

If you haven’t heard, Glendale city manager Horatio Skeete wants to change the terms of their $300 million, 20-year arena payment plan before finalizing the deal with prospective Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison. Skeete was hoping to finalize the numbers this week, but it looks like the Coyotes deal won’t be finished today. (Scott Burnside

Eight Florida Panthers players have cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL San Antonio. Florida, like every team, is getting their roster in order before the current CBA expires on Saturday. (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)

Calgary Flames owner Murray Edwards is reportedly one of the key people in the league’s side of the CBA negotiations. (Calgary Sun)

Joel Ward had off-season surgery to repair a sports hernia, but he thinks he’ll be fine for opening night. Now we just need to figure out when the season will start… (

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker

Devils send ’15 first-rounder Zacha back to junior

2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.

Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.

The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.

“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.

The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.

Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.