Teemu Selanne

PHT Morning Skate: Where Selanne thinks the lockout is in its last days


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)

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?