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.
Andrew Roth goes deep on how the NHL’s lockout loss has been the KHL’s gain. (The New York Times)
Speaking of the lockout, columnists seemed to cover just about every reaction to the first set of regular season games being canceled.
Michael Rosenberg blames Gary Bettman. (Sports Illustrated)
Mark Spector thinks the players are the ones who are out of touch. (Sportsnet.ca)
Gary Lawless blames both sides. He also believes the players need to realize that fans don’t want to watch the players point fingers any longer. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Nicholas Cotsonika covers multiple angles, from fans who are very angry to people who simply shrug their shoulders. (Yahoo)
Eric Francis simply asks people to wake him up when the lockout is over. (Calgary Sun)
Speaking of indifference, John Shannon remarks that the two sides should be worried about the people who don’t care. (Sportsnet.ca)
Pensburgh discusses how going through a lockout feels like growing up. (Pensburgh)
Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is busy even as the lockout drags on. (Winnipeg Sun)
Seth Jones doesn’t seem particularly flustered by the media attention he’s receiving as a likely high-end draft pick. (NHL.com)
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 CSNNE.com’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.
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: