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PHT Morning Skate: Where Sundin is voted as the all-time best Leafs player


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. readers ranked Mats Sundin as the greatest player in Toronto Maple Leafs history. (Sportsnet)

Nail Yakupov hasn’t been able to find the back of the net in the KHL since returning from the Subway Super Series. All the same, he has 10 goals and 18 points in 19 KHL games. (Edmonton Sun)

Hampus Lindholm, who the Anaheim Ducks took with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, is getting used to hockey and meals in North American. (

Henrik Lundqvist wants to see owners of teams “carrying the league financially to get involved” in the CBA negotiations. (Lundqvist’s official Twitter feed)

What impact will this lockout have on the NHL brand? (Sportsnet)

Somewhere between 35 to 40 players will be invited to try out for Team Canada in the upcoming 2013 world junior hockey championship. That number would have been no more than 28 if the ongoing lockout wasn’t causing so much uncertainty as to who will and won’t be available. (Edmonton Journal)

Kassian suspended without pay, placed in Stage 2 of Substance Abuse Program

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Zack Kassian may have avoided major injuries stemming from his Sunday car accident, but it likely sent the signal that he may need help.

The response: he was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA on Monday.

According to the league’s release, Kassian “will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”

Speaking of being suspended without pay, here’s a key detail:

The 24-year-old ended up with a broken nose and broken foot from that accident. The 2015-16 season was set to be his first campaign in the Montreal Canadiens organization after a tumultuous time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Kassian spoke of becoming more mature heading to Montreal, but the Canadiens were critical of his actions, wondering how many wake-up calls someone can get.

In case you’re wondering about the difference between stage one and two:

Add Lecavalier to list of expensive Flyers healthy scratches

Vincent Lecavalier

Are the Philadelphia Flyers aiming for some sort of record when it comes to expensive (potential) healthy scratches?

While lineups are obviously subject to change, notes that Vincent Lecavalier appears to be among a rather rich group of Flyers who are expected to sit during their season-opener.

Also likely to be in street clothes: Sam Gagner and Luke Schenn.

That’s $11.3 million in cap space rotting on the bench.

“I really don’t know what to say,” Lecavalier said. “I’ll practice hard and be ready when they call me up.”

The quotes from Lecavalier, Gagner and Schenn only get sadder from there, a reminder that there are human beings attached to these numbers – whether you focus on disappointing stats or bloated salaries.

Flyers fans with the urge to reach for an Alka-Setzler can at least take some comfort in knowing that the team will see $6.8 million in savings after this season, as both Gagner and Schenn are on expiring deals.

It could be a long season, though, and this Lecavalier headache may not truly end until his contract expires following the 2017-18 campaign.