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PHT Morning Skate: Where Chara will soon come to a decision on Europe

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.

A look at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ blueline depth. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The New Jersey Devils have four goaltenders competing for two spots with the AHL Albany Devils. Given that Martin Brodeur is 40 and Johan Hedberg is 39, the Devils goaltending prospects are on the cusp of a golden opportunity. (The Bergen Record)

Zdeno Chara will decide if he’s going to play in Europe — and if so, where — “within the week,” according to his agent. (CSNNE)

Zac Dalpe sees the 2012-13 campaign as a “huge” season for his career. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Sidney Crosby and Matt Duchene have gone to Vail to engage in high-altitude training. (Denver Post)

A look at some Ottawa Senators storylines — or at least the ones that will be the focus in Ottawa when/if the 2012-13 season starts. (Ottawa Citizen)

Sharks send three to AHL; still waiting on Torres suspension

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The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.

Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.

Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.

Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.

Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.

Sharks roster

Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.