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.
What was it like for Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise to face his former team, the New Jersey Devils? It felt like a scrimmage and that’s not the best feeling in the world. (Michael Russo)
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On top of rookie Jon Merrill getting hurt for the Devils last night, Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe are hurting as well. Not good times in Newark. (Tom Gulitti)
Good news Oilers fans! Defenseman Ladislav Smid said things can definitely get worse from here for Edmonton. Cue Clark Griswold saying, “Worse?! How can it get any worse?!” (Edmonton Journal)
Vancouver’s second line is coming along nicely now. That’s bad news for teams out west. (The Province)
Some people out there are bagging on Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Jack Todd says that’s partially Michel Therrien’s fault. (Montreal Gazette)
Even though Ben Bishop helped the Lightning beat the Blues, his former team are still big fans of his. (Tampa Bay Times)
Reto Berra’s reactions to his first win and playing in Chicago to do it are pretty great. (Calgary Sun)
The Wild are still looking for someone to grab the first-line right wing job and run with it. (The Star-Tribune)
Zack Kassian may have avoided major injuries stemming from his Sunday car accident, but it likely sent the signal that he may need help.
The response: he was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA on Monday.
According to the league’s release, Kassian “will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”
Speaking of being suspended without pay, here’s a key detail:
The 24-year-old ended up with a broken nose and broken foot from that accident. The 2015-16 season was set to be his first campaign in the Montreal Canadiens organization after a tumultuous time with the Vancouver Canucks.
Kassian spoke of becoming more mature heading to Montreal, but the Canadiens were critical of his actions, wondering how many wake-up calls someone can get.
In case you’re wondering about the difference between stage one and two:
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, CSNPhilly.com 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.
“I really don’t know what to say,” Lecavalier said. “I’ll practice hard and be ready when they call me up.”
The CSNPhilly.com 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.