(L-R) Goalie Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils poses for a photo with his son Anthony Brodeur after Anthony was drafted #208 overall in the seventh round by the Devils during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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PHT Morning Skate: Sons of Brodeur, Chelios attend Devils, Wings’ camps


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.

Dean Chelios, the son of Chris Chelios, is taking part in the Detroit Red Wings’ development camp. He’s coming off of a torn left labrum. (Detroit Free Press)

Meanwhile another young player with a famous father, Anthony Brodeur, is attending the New Jersey Devils’ prospects camp. (New Jersey Online)

Tom Wilson has an opportunity to make the Washington Capitals’ opening game roster. However, Capitals coach Adam Oates is worried the 6-foot-4 forward might pick up some bad habits if he ends up back in the OHL because he’ll tower over the competition. (Washington Post)

18-year-old forward Linden Penner wasn’t taken in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but he went to the Calgary Flames’ camp and netted two goals in their prospects scrimmage to help lead Team Black to a 4-1 victory. (Calgary Sun)

Coach John Anderson has agreed to coach the St. Louis Blues’ affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. You might remember Anderson as the head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008-09 and 2009-10, but he also spent 2011-13 as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. Anderson is returning to his roots with the Wolves and has enjoyed a lot of success with that franchise in the past. (AHL.com)

A list of 10 games to look forward to next season. (Ottawa Citizen)

Sens demote former first-rounder Puempel

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Looks like Matt Puempel won’t be making the leap after all.

Puempel, the subject of Ottawa’s “looking to make the leap” profile during our Team of the Day series, has been sent down to AHL Binghamton one day prior to the Sens’ opener against Buffalo.

Puempel, taken by Ottawa in the first round (24th overall) at the ’11 draft, made his big-league debut last season and looked as though he’d stick around — only to suffer a high ankle sprain after 13 games, and miss the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old came into this year’s camp looking to secure a full-time position at the big league level, but was beaten out by Shane Prince for the final forward spot on the roster.

To be fair, contract status probably played a role. Prince would’ve had to clear waivers to get down to Bingo, whereas Puempel didn’t.

A former 30-goal scorer in the American League, Puempel is expected to get another look with Ottawa this season.

Report: Torres won’t appeal 41-game suspension


Sounds like Raffi Torres is accepting his punishment.

Per Sportsnet, Torres won’t appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg.

The report comes just days after the NHL’s Department of Player Safety levied one of the longest disciplinary rulings in league history, citing both the severity of the Silfverberg hit and Torres’ lengthy history of suspensions, fines and warnings.

There was some thought, however, that Torres would try to challenge the ruling.


He does have a history of success in that department. In 2012,Torres successfully appealed his suspension for a headshot on Chicago’s Marian Hossa, and had his punishment reduced from 25 games to 21.

Torres also isn’t considered a “repeat offender” under the current collective bargaining agreement, as his last suspension came in 2013.

Of course, part of that clean record is due to the fact he hasn’t played much. Torres has largely been sidelined by injury for the last two seasons, missing all of last year with knee problems.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman delved further into the repeat offender thing in his latest 30 Thoughts column:

If you read the relevant sections of the CBA, the league takes the position that the repeat offender status is only applicable to fines. Repeaters are fined on a per-game basis, non-repeaters on a per-day basis. (The former is more expensive, because there are fewer games than days in an NHL season.) However, if you go to Section 18.2, among the factors taken into account are, “the status of the offender and, specifically, whether the Player has a history of being subject to Supplementary Discipline for On-Ice Conduct.”

So, in the NHL’s view, a player’s history is relevant, even if longer than 18 months ago.

Should the report prove accurate and Torres doesn’t appeal, he will be eligible to return to action on Jan. 14, when the Sharks take on the Oilers.