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.
Bovada released its odds for the season and playoffs, including Sidney Crosby being the odds-on favorite for the Hart Trophy and Henrik Lundqvist for the Vezina. (Bovada)
The bad news: Willie Mitchell’s knee is bad enough to stop him from skating. The good news? Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi said there aren’t structural issues. (Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott)
Joe Thornton is relieved that he won’t need to miss yet another season. (CSNBayArea.com)
Things might not be much better for the Carolina Hurricanes with the new CBA. (Charlotte News & Observer)
Katie Baker discusses her WJC adventures in Russia. (Grantland)
Starting goalies might get a lot of mileage in this shortened season. James Mirtle points out that eight netminders played at least 40 games during the 1994-95 campaign. (The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle)
This excerpt from Sean Pronger’s book details the wrong day to be hungover – namely when you unexpectedly become Wayne Gretzky’s linemate. (Deadspin)
Blake Wheeler should forward this article about his passing wizardry to his agent. (Arctic Ice Hockey)
Brad Boyes shoots for a bounce-back season with the New York Islanders. (Puck Daddy)
Great expectations for Jakub Voracek. (CSNPhilly.com)
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.
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.