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PHT Morning Skate: Where Seguin, Sharp score big goals

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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.

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin tried to play a more gritty game on Sunday and it paid off. (CSN New England)

If the Edmonton Oilers want to go from being a team with potential to a serious competitor, they need to add some role players. (Edmonton Journal)

29-year-old forward Kevin Westgarth was a major part of the CBA negotiations and impressed NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in the process. (The News & Observer)

After being bought out by the Ottawa Senators last season, will New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Butler be able to get a little revenge on Monday against his former employers? (Ottawa Sun)

As we pass the quarter pole, Patrick Hoffman highlighted 10 of this season's surprises. (Sportsnet)

For the New Jersey Devils, their inability to kill penalties has been one of the major black marks on an otherwise great start to 2013. (New Jersey Online)

New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson often gets overshadowed by John Tavares, but in Tavares’ words, “he does a lot of things no one sees.” One thing’s for sure, with 17 points in 14 games, Moulson is having yet another strong season. (New York Newsday)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp picked a great time to end his 10-game goal scoring slump. (Chicago Tribune)

Derek Stepan scored a power-play goal to help the Rangers win their fourth contest in five games. You can check out the highlights from the Rangers-Capitals contest below:

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Add Lecavalier to list of expensive Flyers healthy scratches

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Are the Philadelphia Flyers aiming for some sort of record when it comes to expensive (potential) healthy scratches?

While lineups are obviously subject to change, CSNPhilly.com notes that Vincent Lecavalier appears to be among a rather rich group of Flyers who are expected to sit during their season-opener.

Also likely to be in street clothes: Sam Gagner and Luke Schenn.

That’s $11.3 million in cap space rotting on the bench, and that’s only counting what the Flyers are paying Gagner.

“I really don’t know what to say,” Lecavalier said. “I’ll practice hard and be ready when they call me up.”

The CSNPhilly.com quotes from Lecavalier, Gagner and Schenn only get sadder from there, a reminder that there are human beings attached to these numbers – whether you focus on disappointing stats or bloated salaries.

Flyers fans with the urge to reach for an Alka-Setzler can at least take some comfort in knowing that the team will see $6.8 million in savings after this season, as both Gagner and Schenn are on expiring deals.

It could be a long season, though, and this Lecavalier headache may not truly end until his contract expires following the 2017-18 campaign.

Video: NHL drops hammer, suspends Torres for 41 games


One of the NHL’s most notorious hitters has been tagged by the league.

On Monday, the Department of Player Safety announced that San Jose forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 41 games — half of the regular season — for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg.

The length of Torres’ suspension is a combination of the Silfverberg hit and Torres’ history of delivering hits to the heads of opposing players, including Jordan Eberle, Jarret Stoll, Nate Prosser and Marian Hossa.

“Torres has repeatedly violated league playing rules,” the Department of Player Safety explained. “And has been sanctioned multiple times for similar infractions.”

The league also noted that Torres has been warned, fined, or suspended on nine occasions over the course of his career, “the majority of which have involved a hit to an opponent’s head.”

“Same player every year,” Ducks forward Ryan Kesler said following the hit on Silfverberg. “I played with the guy [in Vancouver]. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

As for what lies ahead, things could get interesting upon potential appeal:

Torres successfully appealed a suspension under the previous CBA, getting his punishment for the Hossa hit reduced from 25 to 21 games.

Under terms of the new CBA, Torres isn’t categorized as a repeat offender because his last suspension came in May of 2013 — more than two years ago.

Of course, part of the reason Torres hasn’t run afoul of the league in two years is because he’s barely played.

Knee injuries limited Torres to just 12 games in ’13-14, and he sat out last season entirely.