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.
Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell had successful surgery on his broken right fibula this week. (CSN New England)
When the Boston Bruins or Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup this year, will that make the team a dynasty? (Toronto Star)
Recently appointed Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is a big fan of Twitter, but he’s run into a problem since he got his new gig. “The phone buzzes every time somebody follows me on Twitter and I don’t know how to turn it off.” (Edmonton Sun)
Detroit’s AHL-affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, have taken a 3-0 series lead in the AHL finals. (AHL.com)
Before Game 1, Boston Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr reflected on his previous Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks — all the way back in 1992. (CSN New England)
Joe Pavelski isn’t set to become an unrestricted free agent until the summer of 2014, but the San Jose Sharks might not wait to re-sign him. (CSN Bay Area)
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is recovering nicely after undergoing offseason hip surgery. (The Tennessean)
Recaps of Game 1 from Chicago and Boston’s perspective. (CSN Chicago/CSN New England)
Highlights from Chicago’s 4-3 triple-overtime win over Boston:
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.