Patrick Eaves #17 of the Detroit Red Wings looks as he awaits a face off against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Red Wings 5-4.

PHT Morning Skate: Red Wings get Eaves back

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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.

The Detroit Red Wings won’t have Johan Franzen tomorrow, but Patrick Eaves (knee/ankle) is ready to make his season debut. (Detroit Free Press)

Eric Gelinas, 22, has been credited with injecting some energy into the New Jersey Devils during a time when they desperately needed to turn their season around. (The Star-Ledger)

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Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien thinks skating issues are at the heart of Brad Marchand’s early season struggles. At the same time, Julien liked what he saw from Marchand during Monday’s practice and hopes it’s a sign that the 25-year-old forward will start to turn things around. (Boston Herald)

Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz plans to ease defenseman Roman Josi back into the lineup when he returns from a concussion. (The Tennessean)

Devils captain Bryce Salvador thinks he should be able to return from a fractured foot “relatively quick.” It looks like goaltender Cory Schneider won’t be out for much longer either. (The Bergen Record)

The Buffalo Sabres’ players offered their thoughts on Thomas Vanek being sent to the New York Islanders. (Buffalo News)

Highlights from Montreal’s 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers:

Add Lecavalier to list of expensive Flyers healthy scratches

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Are the Philadelphia Flyers aiming for some sort of record when it comes to expensive (potential) healthy scratches?

While lineups are obviously subject to change, notes that Vincent Lecavalier appears to be among a rather rich group of Flyers who are expected to sit during their season-opener.

Also likely to be in street clothes: Sam Gagner and Luke Schenn.

That’s $11.3 million in cap space rotting on the bench, and that’s only counting what the Flyers are paying Gagner.

“I really don’t know what to say,” Lecavalier said. “I’ll practice hard and be ready when they call me up.”

The quotes from Lecavalier, Gagner and Schenn only get sadder from there, a reminder that there are human beings attached to these numbers – whether you focus on disappointing stats or bloated salaries.

Flyers fans with the urge to reach for an Alka-Setzler can at least take some comfort in knowing that the team will see $6.8 million in savings after this season, as both Gagner and Schenn are on expiring deals.

It could be a long season, though, and this Lecavalier headache may not truly end until his contract expires following the 2017-18 campaign.

Video: NHL drops hammer, suspends Torres for 41 games


One of the NHL’s most notorious hitters has been tagged by the league.

On Monday, the Department of Player Safety announced that San Jose forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 41 games — half of the regular season — for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg.

The length of Torres’ suspension is a combination of the Silfverberg hit and Torres’ history of delivering hits to the heads of opposing players, including Jordan Eberle, Jarret Stoll, Nate Prosser and Marian Hossa.

“Torres has repeatedly violated league playing rules,” the Department of Player Safety explained. “And has been sanctioned multiple times for similar infractions.”

The league also noted that Torres has been warned, fined, or suspended on nine occasions over the course of his career, “the majority of which have involved a hit to an opponent’s head.”

“Same player every year,” Ducks forward Ryan Kesler said following the hit on Silfverberg. “I played with the guy [in Vancouver]. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

As for what lies ahead, things could get interesting upon potential appeal:

Torres successfully appealed a suspension under the previous CBA, getting his punishment for the Hossa hit reduced from 25 to 21 games.

Under terms of the new CBA, Torres isn’t categorized as a repeat offender because his last suspension came in May of 2013 — more than two years ago.

Of course, part of the reason Torres hasn’t run afoul of the league in two years is because he’s barely played.

Knee injuries limited Torres to just 12 games in ’13-14, and he sat out last season entirely.