Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Ottawa Senators in action against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 12, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Senators defeated the Devils 2-0.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Gonchar wants to re-sign with Senators


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.

39-year-old defenseman Sergei Gonchar would like to play for two more seasons. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he’s hoping to re-sign with the Ottawa Senators. (Ottawa Citizen)

A look back at the 2013 New York Rangers. (

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli doesn’t seem too concerned about trading first-round picks. “A first-round pick, you’ve got to pay to get a quality player,” Chiarelli said. “We’ve shown that we’ve been able to replace those types of players.” Boston surrendered its 2013 first-round pick to the Dallas Stars as part of the Jaromir Jagr trade. The pick was conditional on the Bruins reaching the Eastern Conference finals. (Boston Herald)

Kings forward Dustin Brown is looking forward to playing in a Game 7. “When you’re road hockey, you’re always playing in a Game 7, right?” (LA Kings Insider)

A look at some of the coaches seeking employment in the NHL for the 2013-14 campaign. (Toronto Sun)

Three top prospects from the Memorial Cup winning Halifax Mooseheads will show up to the 2013 NHL Scouting Combine late so that they can participate in the city’s celebrations. (

Why star players like Daniel Alfredsson shouldn’t worry about retiring early in an attempt to finish on top. (Ottawa Citizen)

Highlights from Chicago’s 4-3 win over Detroit:

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In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.