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.
Danny Cleary doesn’t seem too optimistic about how yesterday’s discussions went. (Detroit Free Press)
Logan Couture is frustrated, too. (CSNBayArea.com)
Mike Heika finds it hard to believe that many – if any – of the 30 NHL teams are 100 percent behind the lockout. (Dallas Morning News)
De-certifying the NHLPA is becoming a topic again, even if it’s been shot down at least a couple times before. (The Globe & Mail)
The CBA talks even have Elliotte Friedman saying, “Blech. Whatever.” (CBC)
Nice work by Litter Box Cats to update how the Florida Panthers’ overseas work in one neat post – with a spreadsheet. (Litter Box Cats)
Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz had quite the night for the Oklahoma City Barons on Wednesday. (Rotoworld)
The cast of the “Red Dawn” remake apparently bonded at a Red Wings game. That’s almost as cool as bonding over a screening of “Point Break.” (NHL.com)
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.
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?