Al MacInnis who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame during pre game ceremonies at the Legends Classic Game on November 11, 2007 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) * Local Caption * Al MacInnis
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PHT Morning Skate: Al MacInnis’ son joins Kitchener Rangers

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.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard thinks “the sky’s the limit” for defenseman Danny DeKeyser. (Detroit News)

Ryan MacInnis, the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Al MacInnis, has signed with the OHL Kitchener Rangers. (

Speaking of the famous father’s of young hockey players, Martin Brodeur was able to watch his 18-year-old son Anthony Brodeur play in training camp on Tuesday. That was a rare opportunity for the elder Brodeur, who wasn’t able to see his son’s games very often when he was in high school. The New Jersey Devils took Anthony in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (Ottawa Citizen)

After going minus-72 (that’s not a typo) in 2011-12, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown is looking to end his final campaign with the OHL Erie Otters as a plus player. (Toronto Sun)

On Dec. 13, the Buffalo Sabres’ AHL-affiliate in Rochester will play in an outdoor game at Frontier Field. The Lake Erie Monsters will be the visiting team. (

There are plenty of questions surrounding the Carolina Hurricanes going into the 2013-14 campaign. (News & Observer)

Video: Evgeni Malkin leaves Oilers spinning

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Yes, there’s a lot of drama surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins, whether it’s founded on serious problems or merely speculation.

It’s easy to get swept up in all of that and ignore the fact that, hey, they still have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Those two can really heal wounds with their on-ice play, and in Saturday’s case, Malkin is taking over against the Edmonton Oilers.

His spin-o-rama goal above was a real jaw-dropper. He also scored Pittsburgh’s second tally:

These highlights feel like Malkin’s way of saying “It’s going to be just fine.”

Lightning’s first fight this season: Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo

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Fighting is down more or less across the board in the NHL, but the Tampa Bay Lightning might be the franchise least interested in dropping the gloves.

Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo already has some name recognition to it, yet it gets some bonus points for being the Bolts’ first fighting major of 2015-16.

It … probably loses those bonus points in being run-of-the-mill.

Hey, be fair; the Lightning are clearly out of practice.

Oilers GM doesn’t want to force a trade for the sake of a trade

Peter Chiarelli

It must be a helpless feeling to sit idly by while your team continues to flail, but such emotions are what opposing GMs love to prey on.

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli hasn’t been around through much of the suffering for this hapless franchise, yet that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the calls for improvement. To his credit, he’s not buckling under that pressure.

You can see and hear his full comments below:

If you don’t feel like playing the video, the message is simple enough.

Chiarelli isn’t happy with Edmonton’s record – he hasn’t “seen progression” in ways that he was expecting, but again … he doesn’t want to force moves.

Long story short, he can “sleep at night,” even if he’s disappointed.

Is he right to take a relaxed approach, though? Maybe it’s time to blow up a part of what isn’t working? Have some fun armchair GM’ing on this one.

Slump busters: Simmonds, Couturier end long scoring droughts in win over Rangers


It’s been a good few days to be a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, as their team delivered not once, but twice during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Flyers picked up a 3-2 OT win over the Predators on Friday before shutting out the New York Rangers, 3-0, on Saturday.

It was a good afternoon for three players in particular.

Both Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier ended long scoring slumps.

Simmonds’ two goals were his first in seven games, while Couturier scored for the first time in his last 13 contests.

Goaltender Steve Mason also had a solid outing against the Rangers.

The 27-year-old turned aside all 24 shots he faced including this great save on Dominic Moore:

The Flyers lost defenseman Nick Schultz to an upper-body injury in the first period after he took a big hit from Dylan McIlrath.

Luke Schenn defended his fallen teammate by dropping the gloves with McIlrath, which didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.

The Rangers are now on a season-high three-game losing streak. Their lack of effort has to be concerning for their head coach Alain Vigneault.

The Flyers outshot the Rangers 30-14 over the final 40 minutes.