Corey Potter #44 of the Edmonton Oilers skates the puck up ice against Derek Dorsett #15 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Nationwide Arena on January 17, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets defeated the Oilers 4-2.
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Corey Potter joins the Vienna Capitals

Corey Potter has agreed to play with the Vienna Capitals of the Austrian Hockey League, according to the team’s official website.

Potter was 27 years old going into the 2011-12 campaign and had only played in nine NHL games to that point. He had already spent four seasons with Michigan State University and another five campaigns playing primarily in the minors.

He finally got his big break with the Edmonton Oilers last season and ended up with 21 points in 62 contests. He led all Oilers blueliners in power-play minutes.

Halfway through his breakout campaign, Potter was rewarded with a two-year, $1.55 million extension. That contract was set to begin this season.

He will compete against Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek, has signed with Graz 99ers of the same league.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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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.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.