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.
Alex Ovechkin described carrying the Olympic torch in Olympia, Greece as the “best moment of my life.” He’s back in Washington now. (CSN Washington)
The Winnipeg Jets have suspended 21-year-old prospect Ivan Telegin for his failure to report to AHL St. John’s “due to personal reasons.” (Winnipeg Free Press)
In addition to 19-year-old defenseman Morgan Rielly, it looks like forward Carter Ashton, 22, has also made the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster out of training camp. (Toronto Star)
Chicago Blackhawks 2008 first-round pick Kyle Beach will head to the Swedish Hockey League instead of the AHL. (CSN Chicago)
Taylor Hall supports the decision to name Andrew Ference as the Edmonton Oilers’ new team captain. Hall was another candidate, but he thinks he might have been a bit too young for the role. (Edmonton Sun)
The Pittsburgh Penguins will enter yet another season with high expectations. For his part, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma wants that pressure. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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