Taylor Hall #4 of the Edmonton Oilers awaits a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on December 15, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 4-2.
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PHT Morning Skate: Could Taylor Hall be the Oilers’ next captain?


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.

If the Edmonton Oilers part ways with captain Shawn Horcoff as expected, will Taylor Hall get the “C”? (Edmonton Journal)

Detroit Red Wings prospect Danny DeKeyser is ready to return from a broken thumb in time for the Calder Cup. (Detroit Free Press)

The St. Louis Blues are interested in acquiring a 2013 first round draft pick. (Blues.nhl.com)

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma believes Jaromir Jagr hooked Evgeni Malkin during the series of events that led to the Boston Bruins’ game-winning goal on Wednesday. However, Bylsma added, “But I’m not sure, at that point in the game, I thought for one second with how the game was being called, did I expect a call at all on the play.” (McKeesport Daily News)

For better or worse, Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg has a lot of key people watching him throughout the league as he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next month. (Chicago Tribune)

Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic will attract plenty of attention in their key roles with the Colorado Avalanche, but they know that they can’t be the focus anymore. “If we win another Stanley Cup in Colorado, it’s not going to be Patrick, and it’s not going to be Joe. It’s going to be the players,” Sakic said. (Denver Post)

Highlights from Chicago’s win against Los Angeles last night.


Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.