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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.

One of the big questions going into the Washington Capitals’ rookie camp is if 19-year-old forward Tom Wilson will make the 2013-14 squad. (CSN Washington)

Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau turned 82 years old on Saturday. During his playing days, he won the Stanley Cup 10 times with the Montreal Canadiens. (Montreal Gazette)

The USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints took bronze in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup. (

Helene St. James thinks Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey should be taking fewer risks. (Detroit Free Press)

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith brought the Stanley Cup to Penticton, British Columbia and his childhood home. (CSN Chicago)

Defenseman Zach Bogosian is in the running for a spot on Team USA in the Olympics. He wants to focus on playing well for Winnipeg and hopes that earns him a ticket to Sochi. (Winnipeg Sun)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

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’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.