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PHT Morning Skate: Where ‘coach’ Clowe isn’t too optimistic


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.

Ryane Clowe says 95 percent of the players are on the same page (not Roman Hamrlik’s, that is). He also discusses being a coach and his fading optimism regarding the lockout. (The Mercury News)

New York Rangers players vented some locked-out frustrations following this weekend’s charity event. (NY Daily News)

Another columnist lays the blame at Gary Bettman’s feet. (Montreal Gazette via Kukla’s Korner)

Andrew Ladd casts a vote in favor of decertification. (QMI via James Mirtle)

Justin Williams wonder if the Los Angeles Kings will benefit from an unusual amount of rest for a defending champion. Let’s hope they don’t get a full season off. (Puck Daddy)

Looking back at the 1984-85 season, which featured an Edmonton Oilers championship and Mario Lemieux’s rookie year. (

Could Columbus’ canceled 2013 All-Star Game hurt Nashville’s chances of hosting one soon? (The Tennessean)

Obscure record alert: Jason Zucker matched the AHL’s record for the fastest OT goal. (Minnesota Star Tribune)

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

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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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?