PHT Morning Skate: Where enforcers might feel the pain

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.

Bob McKenzie lists some of the players who are getting paid during the lockout for injury reasons. (Bob McKenzie)

Meanwhile, McKenzie discusses the guys who wisely geared their signing bonuses to cover them during the lockout. (McKenzie again)

CapGeek takes the buyout angle a step further, revealing that the Buffalo Sabres will pay their players nearly one-third of their would-be salaries if the season doesn’t go on. (CapGeek)

With the should-be preseason slate beginning this coming Monday, the NHL is likely on the verge of announcing canceled exhibition games. (QMI Agency)

Speaking of cancellations, a Washington Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers rookie preseason skirmish bit the dust. (Washington Post)

Forbes claims that the Maple Leafs, Rangers and Canadiens are the only teams who made “real money” during the 2010-11 season. (Forbes)

NHL enforcers could face an even dimmer future if the league eventually apes an expected OHL policy. Darren Dreger reports that OHL fighters could face a suspension if they’re involved in 10+ fights in a season. (Darren Dreger)

John Tortorella loves dogs. Unless you’re talking about hockey players producing minimal effort, that is. (HLN)

New Jersey Devils players are among the people renting their team’s rinks for training purposes. (Fire & Ice)

Senators select Kyle Turris as alternate captain

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Kyle Turris is gearing up for his fifth season with the Ottawa Senators, but this campaign will be a little different.

Ottawa announced that Turris will be joining Chris Neil as one of the team’s alternate captains. Turris is assuming that role from Chris Phillips as the 37-year-old defenseman remains out indefinitely due to a back injury.

Since being acquired from the then Phoenix Coyotes in 2011, Turris has established himself as one of Ottawa’s top forwards. He tied for second in the team’s scoring race last season with 64 points in 82 contests and gelled with rookie linemate Mark Stone.

With the Senators favoring a youth movement, Turris actually stands out as one of the Senators’ more experienced players at the age of 26. He’s also set to play a big role with the Senators for years to come as he’s locked to an affordable $3.5 million annual cap hit through 2017-18.

Meanwhile defenseman Erik Karlsson is getting ready for his second season as the team’s captain.

Another Sabre hurt: Gionta (lower body) day-to-day

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On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.

Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.

The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.

There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.

Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.