Bryan Bickell

PHT Morning Skate: Blackhawks big on Mario Kart


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.

Even given the success Sergei Bobrovsky has had in Columbus, were the Philadelphia Flyers right to trade him? (CSN Philly)

Sergeant Dale Dick surprised his family during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final with his return from his nine-month stint Afghanistan. Sgt. Dick, with the help of the Blackhawks, got his wife and two children invited to the game. It was also the first time that he saw his youngest kid, who was conceived just before he left. (Puck Daddy)

If Washington can’t re-sign Mike Ribeiro before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, who might the Capitals pursue as a replacement? (CSN Washington)

After a rough loss on Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks tried to refocus with some fierce games of Mario Kart. Uh, Bryan Bickell has more. (

That might help them unwind, but ultimately the Blackhawks need to solve their offensive woes. (CSN Chicago)

Of course, the Boston Bruins’ defense deserves some credit too. (CSN New England)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

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.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

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’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.