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.
Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk isn’t playing abroad or in the ECHL and he’s just looking for a place –any place– that will let him practice. (Edmonton Sun)
Jason Spezza might be heading back home from Switzerland. (Ottawa Sun)
Kudos to Bruins players for staying healthy while playing abroad. (CSNNE.com)
Playing hockey in the Northwest Territories makes for a drastically different experience for some Senators players. (Senators Extra)
Justin Schultz is doing well to adjust to pro hockey in Oklahoma City. (Sportsnet)
Blackhawks prospect Brandon Pirri is doing well in the AHL. Hey, maybe they’ve got their No. 2 center issue fixed from within. (CSNChicago.com)
Leave it to a Maple Leafs fan to spend over $5000 on a toilet from the old Maple Leaf Gardens. (Puck Daddy)
ESPN’s John Buccigross has one heck of a column to check out. Some of you might be feeling the same way. (ESPN)
It’s day 67 of the NHL lockout. I wonder what Michael Frolik and Benoit Pouliot are up to?
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.