PHT Morning Skate: An interesting way to scratch that fantasy hockey itch

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.

PHT covered the meat of Donald Fehr’s beefs with the owners’ proposal, but if you want to read his entire memo to the NHLPA, Sportsnet.ca got a hold of it. (Sportsnet.ca)

Inside Sports’ Dan Tencer speaks with Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel about the ceased arena negotiations with Oilers’ ownership. (Inside Sports)

NBC’s own Pierre McGuire recently shared his thoughts on the lockout, and the Denver Post’s Adrian Daters was kind enough to transcribe the highlights. (The Denver Post)

The Hockey Writers’ Chris Wassel on the site’s bold aim to fill the fantasy hockey void by using KHL players instead of NHL guys. (The Hockey Writers)

Jesse Spector of the Sporting News looks at how enthusiasm for labor peace wilted once additional details emerged from the owners’ proposal. (The Sporting News)

Locked-out Predators are exploring Nashville more than ever before thanks to the lack of hockey. (The Tennessean)

The Toronto Maple Leafs might need to scramble to get the rink ready if the season starts on Nov. 2. (Toronto Sun)

Kari Lehtonen’s bumpy road to becoming a franchise goalie in the NHL. (Defending Big D)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

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.