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PHT Morning Skate: Landeskog to be a leader for Team Sweden

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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.

It’s looking like Gabriel Landeskog will wear an “A” for Team Sweden at World Championships. This is what happens when the Red Wings keep making the playoffs. (Denver Post)

Hang on, someone wants to have Carolina trade Jeff Skinner? You serious, Clark? (News & Observer)

Barret Jackman’s goal for the Blues last night was his first career playoff goal. He started playing in 2001-02, by the way. (

We’re talking headshots galore thanks to Eric Gryba’s hit on Lars Eller. Allan Maki wants “the veil lifted” regarding shots to the head. (Globe And Mail)

Sweet gamesmanship here: Alain Vigneault says the Sharks are cheating in the faceoff circle. (

Teemu Selanne has the respect of the Red Wings. They’d probably like him better if he’d stop scoring on them though. (Detroit Free Press)

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”



Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.