Dustin Brown, Bill Daly

PHT Morning Skate: To play without a CBA


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.

Jesse Spector wonders if Donald Fehr’s idea to play hockey while CBA discussions are ongoing might just be a wise option at this point. Surely Gary Bettman would love it. (Sporting News)

Gary Lawless critiques Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec for their poor overseas play. (Winnipeg Free Press via Arctic Ice Hockey)

Sounds like Martin Brodeur will join those taking part in an Atlantic City charity event to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy relief. (Fire & Ice)

At what age should teams expect better progress – or more signs of brilliance – from struggling prospects such as Edmonton’s Colten Teubert. (m79hockey)

Thomas Greiss looks primed to play at home in Germany. (Fear the Fin)

This photo captures one of Mario Lemieux’s greatest goals. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

The Los Angeles Kings brought the Stanley Cup to South Park’s studios. Considering the snark level of the Kings’ Twitter page, the pairing makes a lot of sense. (Kings Web site)

Kevin Weekes is becoming a quick study at his second career. (NHL.com)

Andy Strickland wonders why the lockout isn’t producing a ton of mainstream headlines. (True Hockey)

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

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
Leave a comment

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

Raffi Torres

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?