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.
Daniel Alfredsson is thrilled to see Sweden going to the Gold Medal Game in the 2013 World Junior Championship after earning a 3-2 shootout victory against Russia. (Ottawa Citizen)
Teemu Selanne recently predicted that the lockout would end on Monday Jan. 7. (Sportsnet)
The Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers have decided that defensemen Brendon Nash and Jason DeSantis should swap AHL teams. DeSantis will now play for the Canadiens’ Hamilton Bulldogs while Nash will skate with the Panthers’ San Antonio Rampage. (AHL.com)
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are continuing to work out in the hope that there will be a shortened season. (Sportsnet)
Alex Galchenyuk has done a great job representing Team USA in the World Junior Championship. He’s been popular with the media in Ufa due to his Russian ancestry and the fact that he can speak both Russian and English. (Calgary Sun)
Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Jake Gardiner is still recovering from concussion and whiplash symptoms in the AHL. He’s been out for three weeks, but the good news is he’s started to do light workouts. (Toronto Sun)
Ducks come to terms with Lindholm, so what happens now?
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
Former Isles goalie Kevin Poulin signs with KHL club