Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring against the New York Rangers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

PHT Morning Skate: Oates thinks St. Louis is a Hall of Famer


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.

Should Marty St. Louis be inducted into the Hall of Fame after he retires? Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates thinks so. (CSN Washington)

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Retired goaltender Martin Biron will take part in Sunday’s outdoor alumni contest between the Buffalo Sabres and their AHL affiliates, the Rochester Amerks. (Buffalo News)

What should the Colorado Avalanche do about forward Paul Stastny as he slowly inches towards the unrestricted free agent market? (Denver Post)

Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin, 18, thinks he’s ready to represent Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics. (R-Sport)

New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was emotional in his return to San Jose, although a groin injury prevented him from playing against the Sharks last night. (CSN Bay Area)

Speaking of reunions, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery is back in Chicago for tonight’s game. In his case though, he doesn’t seem too worked up about playing against the team he won the Stanley Cup with. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Highlights from Nashville’s 4-1 win over the New York Rangers:

It looks like Havlat won’t make Panthers

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As PHT’s mentioned before, the Florida Panthers stand as a fascinating contrast between youth and experience.

Let’s not kid ourselves, though; fresh faces usually beat out gray beards, at least when it comes to teams that are still trying to build toward contender status.

While it’s by no means official, two Panthers beat writers – the Miami Herald’s George Richards and the Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov – report that the Panthers are likely to pass on Martin Havlat.

It wasn’t just about the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad leading the charge. Other young Panthers (maybe most notably Quinton Howden and Connor Brickley) made the team, thus making Havlat less necessary.

One would assume that it might be tough for the 34-year-old to find work, at least if he insists upon only an NHL deal.

Health issues continue to dog him, but he’s no longer one of those guys who tantalizes with talent when he is healthy enough to play.

Havlat also doesn’t really bring much to the table defensively. While other veterans can kill penalties and show a little more verstaility, Havlat’s greatest selling point is scoring.

Could this be it for a solid career that may nonetheless end with a “What if?” or two?

Silfverberg is set to practice again after Torres hit

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Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.

The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.

The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:

That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.

Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:

Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.

Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.