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.
Flames GM Jay Feaster is pleased by the number of his team’s prospects that have been invited to 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary roster camps for their respective countries. (Flames.nhl.com)
The OHL London Knights are enjoying a 17-game winning streak. Their franchise record is 18. (Sportsnet)
Brian Gionta, Erik Cole, and a number of other former and current Canadiens players paid a visit to Montreal Children’s Hospital on Friday. (Montreal Gazette)
Pierre LeBrun thinks that the NHL and union are close to a deal, despite the recent “theatrics.” (ESPN)
A look at 14-year-old Tyler Benson. He appears to be worthy of the “exceptional player clause,” which would allow him to join the Western Hockey League next season. (Sportsnet)
Shawn Horcoff thinks the NHL is attempting an “obvious” divide-and-conquer strategy to separate the players and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr. (Edmonton Journal)
Kyle Turris is gearing up for his fifth season with the Ottawa Senators, but this campaign will be a little different.
Ottawa announced that Turris will be joining Chris Neil as one of the team’s alternate captains. Turris is assuming that role from Chris Phillips as the 37-year-old defenseman remains out indefinitely due to a back injury.
Since being acquired from the then Phoenix Coyotes in 2011, Turris has established himself as one of Ottawa’s top forwards. He tied for second in the team’s scoring race last season with 64 points in 82 contests and gelled with rookie linemate Mark Stone.
With the Senators favoring a youth movement, Turris actually stands out as one of the Senators’ more experienced players at the age of 26. He’s also set to play a big role with the Senators for years to come as he’s locked to an affordable $3.5 million annual cap hit through 2017-18.
Meanwhile defenseman Erik Karlsson is getting ready for his second season as the team’s captain.
On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.
Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.
The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.
There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.
Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.