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PHT Morning Skate: Did Toronto dodge a bullet?


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.

Pension Plan Puppets wonders if the owner’s proposed plan to punish back-loaded contracts means that the Toronto Maple Leafs dodged a bullet by not trading for Roberto Luongo. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Jeremy Roenick thinks the players should take that 50-50 split and run with it. (Roenick’s Twitter page)

More player reactions to the new offer:

Karl Alzner seems quite thrilled about the whole thing. (The Washington Times)

Cory Schneider is “encouraged” to see some progress. (Vancouver Sun)

Finally, Cam Fowler calls it “exciting” while Sheldon Souray provides a more measured approach. (OC Register)

Canucks Corner’s Tom Benjamin thinks the players will either take something resembling the owner’s deal or go to the wall with it. Why waste a month to get 51 instead of 50 percent? (Canucks Corner)

The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater shares how he expects the negotiations to go down after that latest offer. (Dater’s sulia)

Sportsnet’s Michael Grange wonders if Donald Fehr really “won” by winning the staring contest. (

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?