Peter Regin

Sens’ Regin leaves Swiss team, returns to Ottawa

Peter Regin’s time with SC Langenthal has come to an end.

According to the club website, Regin is done playing for the Swiss National League B side after scoring five points in four games.

His departure coincides with the return of Jeff Campbell, the team’s leading scorer from a year ago that missed the last two weeks to injury.

Regin signed on with Langenthal after a tough 2011-12 campaign that saw him miss 72 games with a shoulder injury.

Despite the down year, Ottawa re-signed the Danish forward to a one-year, $800,000 deal this past offseason.

If his brief time in Switzerland was any indication, Regin looked to regain some of the form posted in 2009-10, when he appeared in 75 games for the Sens and posted 13G-16A-29PTS, leading the team in playoff goalscoring.

Finally, here’s the delightful Google translate of his departure from Langenthal:

The Danish international and NHL player Peter Regin on Wednesday to fly back to Ottawa. Regin, who flew in the short term as Campbell’s replacement had to Switzerland, in the four games, scored five points and easily inserted into the team from the start. Regin was with his performances bring a certain flair to Langenthal NHL and was short with his appearances enriching.

The SC Langenthal thanks Peter Regin for the spontaneous, non-obvious and wishes him for yet another, uncertain course of the season in the NHL all the best and much success.

I can only hope that, when my time at PHT comes to an end, the tenure will also be described as both spontaneous and non-obvious.

PHT Morning Skate: 10 years of Ovechkin; 10,000 days with Lamoriello

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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.

Looking back at 10 years of Alex Ovechkin with the Washington Capitals, in case the above video made you want more. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

David Conte spent 10,000 days with Lou Lamoriello and lived to tell about it. (TSN)

Want to spot some contract year guys? Here are 32 pending restricted free agents. (Sportsnet)

NHL GMs are starting to sniff around with the 2015-16 season about to kick off. (Ottawa Sun)

Some backstory on Zack Kassian that was passed around on Twitter last evening. (Canucks website)

Hey, you can’t say Raffi Torres hasn’t literally paid for his ways:

This is some quality chirping between Jaromir Jagr and Matthew Barnaby:

Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?

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Does the NHL have a cocaine problem?

TSN caught up with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who provided some fascinating insight:

“The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up,” Daly said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”


Daly said that he’d be surprised  “if we’re talking more than 20 guys” and then touched on something that may be a problem: they don’t test it in a “comprehensive way.”

As Katie Strang’s essential ESPN article about the Los Angeles Kings’ tough season explored in June, there are some challenges for testing for a drug like cocaine. That said, there are also some limitations that may raise some eyebrows.

For one, it metabolizes quickly. Michael McCabe, a Philadelphia-based toxicology expert who works for Robson Forensic, told that, generally speaking, cocaine filters out of the system in two to four days, making it relatively easy to avoid a flag in standard urine tests.

The NHL-NHLPA’s joint drug-testing program is not specifically designed to target recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. The Performance Enhancing Substances Program is put into place to do exactly that — screen for performance-enhancing drugs.

So, are “party drugs” like cocaine and molly an issue for the NHL?

At the moment, the answer almost seems to be: “the league hopes not.”

Daly goes into plenty of detail on the issue, so read the full TSN article for more.