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.
San Jose is teasing that they’ve got new jerseys coming this season. The Sharks are referring to it on Twitter and Instagram as “The Next Wave”. The blip of a swatch from the video is what you see to the right. Only difference so far as I can tell? Less orange. (Sharks Instagram)
Shawn Matthias could become a big time player for Florida this season. (NHL.com)
If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with the Stanley Cup travels this summer, look no further. (NHL.com)
Just what kind of role will Ryan Smyth play in Edmonton this year? (Edmonton Journal)
Canucks forwards might get pushed around this season if they don’t step up. (The Province)
Some NHL players have stepped up in support of gay rights in the wake of Russia’s opposition to them. Henrik Zetterberg and Victor Hedman chief among them. (Detroit News)
The Stars still haven’t gotten a new deal done with play-by-play man Ralph Strangis. C’mon guys. (Dallas Morning News)
Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.
Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.
You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.
Here’s his second assist for good measure:
Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.
Phaneuf on the Ottawa crowd reaction: "It gave me chills."