PHT Morning Skate: Handing out presents


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.

Joe Pelletier has an interesting observation: the NHL should shoot for a 50-game season instead of the widely cited 48-contest option so there’s the opportunity – albeit slim – to shoot for the 50 goals in 50 games goal. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Legally speaking, what’s next for the NHLPA? (TSN)

Martin St. Louis is frustrated because he claims the owners just keep wanting more. Typical stuff, but it just seems sadder coming from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s diminutive star. (Tampa Bay Tribune)

Counting down 10 controversial figures from 2012. (Puck Daddy)

Not sure the specifics of this contest, but checking out the winners of Stanley Cup of Chowder’s various art-leaning contests is interesting. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

Adrian Dater beefs with Gary Bettman once again. (The Denver Post)

With all the talk about Winnipeg being unhappy with Evander Kane, perhaps one should ask the flip side: why should Kane want to stay in Jets land? (Arctic Ice Hockey)

Bruce Garrioch hands out presents for NHL players, executives and other figures. (Ottawa Sun)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.