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.
Patrice Bergeron’s line in Boston got off to a slow start, but they’re rolling once again. (CSNNE.com)
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Chris Kreider could be getting a call from the league for his hit on Scottie Upshall. (New York Post)
Alex Ovechkin was not happy after falling into the boards against Colorado on Sunday night. (Capitals Insider)
The San Jose Sharks had a goal disallowed in overtime of their shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets. This is probably getting old for them by now. (CSNBayArea.com)
The Ducks put David Steckel on waivers Sunday. He’s likely headed back to the NHL soon. (Bob McKenzie)
Frederik Andersen’s 6-0-0 start to the season for Anaheim is something not seen since Damian Rhodes did it back in the early 90s with the Maple Leafs. (Helene Elliott)
Michael Handzus is still one or two weeks away from returning. (Tracey Myers)
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.