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PHT Morning Skate: Mike Green could be due for big year


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.

Fans in Washington might want to get geeked up for what could be a big season from defenseman Mike Green. Anything that makes us think of the Caps’ salad days from 2009 has to be a good thing. (CSNWashington.com)

Jonathan Toews says it’s a gold medal or bust for Canada at the Olympics in Sochi. It’s also like that every four years for Canada so… Yeah. (CSNChicago.com)

Former Devils majority owner turned minority partner Jeff Vanderbeek had himself a day filled with mixed emotions watching a pair of new guys buy him out of deep trouble. (Fire & Ice)

Meanwhile, the Devils sale is another feather in the cap for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says David Shoalts. (The Globe And Mail)

Ottawa restricted free agent Jared Cowen is apparently close to getting paid. Hey, that Alfie money had to go to someone, right? (Ottawa Sun)

If you thought Chicago fans were going to handle the Nashville Predators’ new ticket policy meant to keep them out well, you’re forgetting how fans operate. (The Tennessean)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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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 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.