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PHT Morning Skate: Bettman in Glendale for start of new Coyotes era


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.

New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer was very pleased with what he saw from Jaromir Jagr in his Devils debut. (The Star-Ledger)

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was on hand for the Phoenix Coyotes first game under their new ownership group. (

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Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk is trying to move past his disappointing season opener. (Edmonton Journal)

Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller wants to have regular meetings with core members of his team. (News & Observer)

The New York Islanders have scored just one goal or have been shutout in seven of their last 11 games against the Devils. The two squads will meet on Friday. (New York Newsday)

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates isn’t sure what role recently claimed defenseman Alex Urbom will have yet. The 22-year-old will participate in his first practice with the team today. (CSN Washington)

Highlights from Los Angeles’ 3-2 victory over Minnesota:

Leafs prospects Nylander and Kapanen heading to AHL

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The Toronto Maple Leafs trimmed their training camp roster by 16 players on Sunday.

Two of the Leafs’ top prospects, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen, are heading to the the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

For the full list of cuts, click here.

Nylander was Toronto’s first round pick, eighth overall, in 2014.

The 19-year-old scored an impressive 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with the Marlies in 2014-15.

Kapenen, 19, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Phil Kessel trade.

He had one goal and one assist in a brief four game stint with Pittsburgh’s farm team last season.

The rebuilding Maple Leafs have no issue being patient with their top young prospects. Both players could make their NHL debut at some point this season, but they may have to wait a little while longer before they become regulars at the next level.

The Leafs now have 24 players on their training camp roster. They have until Tuesday to put the finishing touches on their lineup. Toronto needs to cut at least one more player.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”