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.
Taylor Hall returned from a shoulder injury on Friday and was credited with his first goal of the 2012-13 campaign just 38 seconds into the Oklahoma City Barons’ 4-3 win over the Houston Aeros. However, he was also handed a game misconduct that forced his team to kill off a five-minute penalty. (Edmonton Journal)
Nathan MacKinnon, who might end up being selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, was one of the QMJHL’s three stars for the months of September and October. (QMJHL.ca)
Matt Cooke was hurt during a practice organized by the locked-out Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
We hope the lockout will end soon, but if it doesn’t, Canada will have a stronger team for the world junior hockey championship. (Sportsnet)
Matt Duchene isn’t too happy with the officiating in the Swedish Elite League. He’s playing with Vastra Frolunda HC while he waits for the lockout to end. (Calgary Sun)
Senators coach Paul MacLean spoke out about the lockout recently. He said, “It’s a frustrating time. I’m just like everyone else. I don’t understand it. I’d just like to get back to work.” (Ottawa Citizen)
It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.
Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.
Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.
“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”
Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:
Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.
Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.
As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.
Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.
“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”
Commodore wasn’t done there:
And there was much, much more.
To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.