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.
Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg, 32, and goaltender Jimmy Howard, 28, reflect on their time with forward Tomas Holmstrom as he gets ready to retire a day before his 40th birthday. (Detroit Free Press)
When Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne was a rookie, he didn’t think he’d last in the NHL more than a few years, let alone to the age of 42. (Calgary Sun)
Defenseman Shane O’Brien was a healthy scratch in the Colorado Avalanche’s season opener. The 29-year-old is waiting for his chance to prove himself, but the team is carrying eight defensemen, which has created a bit of a logjam. (Denver Post)
New Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley seems willing to let his players take some risks. (Calgary Sun)
23-year-old forward Drayson Bowman is getting a chance to play alongside 28-year-olds Alexander Semin and Eric Staal on the Carolina Hurricanes’ top line. (The News & Observer)
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson earned a 31-save shutout against the Florida Panthers on Monday. The 31-year-old spent parts of three seasons with Florida and now has a 8-0-1 record versus his former club. (Ottawa Citizen)
For years the San Jose Sharks have been trying to win a Stanley Cup before their core got too old. Are they already too late? (Edmonton Journal)
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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