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.
We’re coming up on the 25th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky getting traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. Sportsnet has taking a look back at that historic move. (Part 1/Part 2/Part 3)
The Kings didn’t just get Gretzky. Retired NHL forward Mike Krushelnyski talks about the deal from the perspective of one of the guys that was shipped to Los Angeles with The Great One. (LA Kings Insider)
A bit about what Gretzky meant to the City of Edmonton. (Edmonton Journal)
Moving away from The Trade, Jujhar Khaira has signed an entry-level contract with the Oilers. The 18-year-old forward had six goals and 25 points in 37 games with Michigan Tech last season. (NHL.com)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival got his day with the Stanley Cup. (CSN Chicago)
Todd Woodcroft has been selected as the Scouting Director for the Calgary Flames. (Flames.nhl.com)
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.