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.
A few strategies and details regarding what could happen on this crucial day:
Bruce Garrioch cites an anonymous source who’s sure that Donald Fehr will “try to squeeze the league for more.” (Ottawa Sun)
That won’t make the league happy, but ultimately, Bruce Arthur says the NHL needs to make a deal with Fehr whether they like it or not. (The National Post)
John Shannon paints a gloomy picture of how these New Year’s Eve discussions might go. (Sportsnet.ca)
It sounds like Dmitry Kulikov is becoming the leader of KHL team Lokomotiv’s defense. (Litter Box Cats)
Tyler Dellow’s take on the NHL rolling with an expanded playoff format. (mc79hockey)
Roberto Luongo teams up with the “Shap Crew” to reinforce his high place among goalie-humorists. (Puck Daddy)
Pension Plan Puppets has fun with the question, “Who should the Toronto Maple Leafs buy out?” (Pension Plan Puppets)
Is the lockout affecting the livelihoods of arena workers and people with similar jobs as much as many believe? (Arctic Ice Hockey)
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.