Brandon Bollig

PHT Morning Skate: Where Bollig’s dad frames his first NHL jersey


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.

Brandon Bollig was never drafted by an NHL team. Despite that, he made his NHL debut last season with the Chicago Blackhawks. To celebrate that accomplishment, his father framed his first NHL jersey, which you can see to your right. (CSN Chicago with the picture courtesy of Bollig’s Twitter account.)

The CBA negotiations have already covered a variety of issues, but one popular subject has yet to come up: The possibility of the NHL participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Ian Mendes)

Binghamton Senators coach Luke Richardson wants young AHL players to know that “someone’s always watching,” especially during the NHL lockout. (Ottawa Citizen)

Mark Howe, Chris Chelios, and Mike Modano are candidates to enter the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. (

Bruins prospects Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner are getting ready to make the jump to the AHL Providence Bruins. (CSNNE)

Dustin Byfuglien said his weight “doesn’t matter, as long as I’m able to move and go.” (Sportsnet)

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

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Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.

Kassian suspended without pay, placed in Stage 2 of Substance Abuse Program

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Zack Kassian may have avoided major injuries stemming from his Sunday car accident, but it likely sent the signal that he may need help.

The response: he was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA on Monday.

According to the league’s release, Kassian “will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”

Speaking of being suspended without pay, here’s a key detail:

The 24-year-old ended up with a broken nose and broken foot from that accident. The 2015-16 season was set to be his first campaign in the Montreal Canadiens organization after a tumultuous time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Kassian spoke of becoming more mature heading to Montreal, but the Canadiens were critical of his actions, wondering how many wake-up calls someone can get.

In case you’re wondering about the difference between stage one and two: