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.
When Logan Couture scored his fourth goal of the season last night, he showed Bay Area fans he was ready to see the 49ers roll to victory by “Kaepernicking” to celebrate. Yes, this is a thing now. Too bad Couture is a renowned Bills fan. The Sharks beat Edmonton in a shootout 3-2. (CSNBayArea.com)
Looks like the Panthers rediscovered winning at the right time. Marcel Goc is already back and Stephen Weiss will be back in action on Sunday. (Miami Herald)
Poor Phil Kessel. He’s still without a goal even after the Leafs’ comeback win over the Capitals despite being robbed by Michal Neuvirth and missing an empty net. He’s at least getting his chances. (Toronto Sun)
Bruins coach Claude Julien called the team’s defense “brain dead” after giving up seven goals to the Sabres. (CSNNE.com)
Meanwhile, the after effects of Shawn Thornton getting KO’ed by John Scott see the Boston tough guy being evaluated for injury today. (CSNNE.com)
Junior-eligible rookie forward Mark Scheifele was scratched for the fourth straight game last night by coach Claude Noel. You know, maybe it’s time to send him back to the OHL. (Winnipeg Free Press)
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.
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 CSNNE.com’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.