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PHT Morning Skate: Dallas playing it safe with injuries

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.

With three injuries already, Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan isn’t going to take chances with risking further injury by pushing guys to come back fast. (Dallas Morning News)

Roberto Luongo is being the best soldier in putting his ego aside while waiting to be dealt in Vancouver. (Vancouver Province)

Rookie Stefan Matteau gets to start on the first line for the Devils tonight in Montreal. No big deal, right? (Fire & Ice)

Decision time is coming for many junior-eligible NHLers as their fifth game is coming up. (

Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist is “out indefinitely” after leaving last night’s shootout loss to Anaheim. (The Tennessean)

The Panthers’ 7-1 loss to Philly wasn’t just ugly, it was their fourth in a row. That’s their longest losing streak since 2010-11. (Miami Herald)

The Blue Jackets had a goal waved off in the second period against Chicago last night. Yes, they wound up losing by one goal. What do you think, have they got a beef? (Puck Rakers, YouTube)


Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.