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PHT Morning Skate: Where fan turnout gets insane for Day 1 of Flyers’ camp


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.

Dave Bolland is known as more of a third-line center, but the Chicago Blackhawks are trying him out in a top-six role. (CSN Chicago)

Travis Hamonic appears to be over his concussion and ready for the start of the regular season. (Newsday)

Dougie Hamilton is jet-lagged after the World Junior Championship, but he’s thrilled to be part of the Boston Bruins’ training camp. (CSN New England)

Damien Brunner got help from Henrik Zetterberg in the first day of the Detroit Red Wings’ camp as Brunner begins his adjustment to North American hockey. The two excelled with EV Zug of the Swiss league during lockout and might be linemates going into the regular season. (Detroit News)

The Philadelphia Flyers had an insane fan turnout for their first day of training camp. (CSN Philly)

Brooks Laich is still recovering from a groin injury. (Washington Times)

Re-signing with the Buffalo Sabres was the ideal scenario for Jochen Hecht. (Buffalo News)

Scott Gomez’s former New Jersey Devils teammates react to the news that Gomez wasn’t asked to attend the Montreal Canadiens’ training camp. Gomez is expected to be bought out this summer. (

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: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.