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.
AHL Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust was perfect through 268:17 minutes before finally allowing a goal in the second period of Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Rampage. Brust’s shutout streak broke a 55-year-old AHL record previously held by Hall of Fame goaltender Johnny Bower. (NHL.com)
Mario Lemieux is settling into his new $20-million home. (Calgary Sun)
Did the Ottawa Senators get a steal when they took Frederik Claesson in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft? (Ottawa Citizen)
Haven’t been paying much attention to the lockout? This Q&A might help. (Detroit News)
Don Nachbaur is just the fourth person to coach in 1,000 career Western Hockey League games. The Spokane Chiefs head coach reached that milestone on Saturday. (NHL.com)
Paul Gaustad was recently honored by his old major junior team, the WHL Portland Winterhawks. (The Tennessean)
As PHT’s mentioned before, the Florida Panthers stand as a fascinating contrast between youth and experience.
Let’s not kid ourselves, though; fresh faces usually beat out gray beards, at least when it comes to teams that are still trying to build toward contender status.
While it’s by no means official, two Panthers beat writers – the Miami Herald’s George Richards and the Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov – report that the Panthers are likely to pass on Martin Havlat.
It wasn’t just about the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad leading the charge. Other young Panthers (maybe most notably Quinton Howden and Connor Brickley) made the team, thus making Havlat less necessary.
One would assume that it might be tough for the 34-year-old to find work, at least if he insists upon only an NHL deal.
Health issues continue to dog him, but he’s no longer one of those guys who tantalizes with talent when he is healthy enough to play.
Havlat also doesn’t really bring much to the table defensively. While other veterans can kill penalties and show a little more verstaility, Havlat’s greatest selling point is scoring.
Could this be it for a solid career that may nonetheless end with a “What if?” or two?
Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.
The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.
The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:
That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.
Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:
Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.
Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.