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.
The Wild have called up rookie winger Charlie Coyle. The future is quickly becoming now in Minnesota. (Star-Tribune)
Give it up to Boston’s Chris Bourque for making his first goal of the season count the most as the only tally and game-winner against Toronto. (CSNNE.com)
Want to know what it’s like to spend a day with the NHL’s Player Safety crew and Brendan Shanahan? Here’s your hook-up. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Peter Chiarelli would prefer you not to judge Brian Burke based solely on the Phil Kessel trade. (Toronto Sun)
The Blues would like rookie Jaden Schwartz to be more like their other rookie Vladimir Tarasenko and shoot more. (Post-Dispatch)
The Predators are finally getting what they were hoping for out of Craig Smith. (The Tennessean)
Anyone know what’s next for Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele? (Winnipeg Free Press)
Is it time for Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to swing some deals? (Ottawa Sun)
Finally, all hail our dark lord Teemu Selanne. His empty-net goal last night was the 666th tally of his career. (Battle Of California)
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.