PHT Morning Skate: Where lost bet leads to James van Riemsdyk shopping in hockey gear

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.

The Providence Bruins’ Trent Whitfield and the Abbotsford Heat’s Quintin Laing have been selected as the team captains for the upcoming AHL All-Star Classic. (

Brent Sutter reflects on leading Canada to gold in the 2005 World Junior Championship. (Winnipeg Sun)

Locked-out players, including Erik Gudbranson and Mark Methot, are organizing a charity game to help Chris Kushneriuk, an ECHL player who has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He’s receiving treatment, but his medical costs are expected to be around $250,000. (Ottawa Citizen)

James van Riemsdyk had to do his holiday shopping in hockey gear after losing a bet with Scott Hartnell. (

Troy Brouwer doesn’t think there will be an agreement unless the NHL moves from its current offer. (CSN Washington)

What kind of role will Justin Schultz get with the Edmonton Oilers if the season is saved? (Edmonton Journal)

(Image courtesy of the NHLPA)

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.