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.
Michael Frolik, now with the Winnipeg Jets, has received his Stanley Cup ring for his part in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2013 championship. (Winnipeg Sun)
Unlike last season, the Martin Brodeur doesn’t feel like the New Jersey Devils’ poor record is the result of bad luck. (The Star-Ledger)
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Sam Gagner is hoping to resume practicing with the Edmonton Oilers after they complete their current road trip on Oct. 22. (Edmonton Journal)
The Washington Capitals’ defensive issues have been costing them lately. (CSN Washington)
Adrian Dater feels that Semyon Varlamov’s hot start to the 2013-14 campaign is evidence that Avalanche GM Greg Sherman was right to get him from the Washington Capitals for a first and a second-round draft pick. (Denver Post)
Will Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano be able to play his way onto Team Canada? He’s a long shot, but is also certainly off to a great start. (Calgary Herald)
Highlights from the New York Rangers’ 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals:
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.
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.