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.
Yesterday was one of those days where things got… Awkward. First there was Matt Cooke getting oddly teed off on in an Ottawa Sun column and then there’s Example No. 2: Boston’s Tyler Seguin getting in trouble via Twitter. (Puck Daddy)
Example No. 3: Duncan Keith may or may not have stepped in it knee-deep by getting lippy with a female reporter following Chicago’s loss to Vancouver. (Team Radio 1040)
‘Hawks coach Joel Quenneville says their loss to the Canucks was their “worst game of the season.” (CSNChicago.com)
Nail Yakupov wants to close the season strong and take a run at the Calder Trophy. (Edmonton Journal)
The Leafs making the playoffs gives the team the opportunity to raise their already league-high ticket prices another 75-percent (!!!). (Toronto Sun)
Speaking of the Leafs, Sean McIndoe hits it out of the park with his thoughts on them making the playoffs. (Grantland)
They’re loving Radko Gudas in Tampa Bay. (Tampa Tribune)
Kyle Wellwood will be done for a while whether the Jets make the playoffs or not with a broken hand. (Winnipeg Sun)
The ECHL’s Trenton Titans are shutting it down out of the blue. (The Trentonian)
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.