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 St. John’s IceCaps issued a statement in response to the recent reports that the Jets are considering relocating their AHL team to Thunder Bay, Ontario. The IceCaps said that they always knew this was a possibility, so they’ve been actively looking for a replacement NHL partner in the event that the Jets leave. (St. John’s IceCaps)
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Pierre LeBrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in acquiring Matt Moulson, but they certainly won’t be the only ones. (TSN)
Now that Nashville Predators goaltender Carter Hutton has some NHL experience under his belt, he’s starting to play with confidence. (The Tennessean)
Logan Couture (hand surgery) isn’t ready to start handling the puck, but he’s upbeat and hopes to practice in a week or two. (CSN Bay Area)
Calgary Flames president Brian Burke wasn’t looking to trade Matt Stajan back when he was the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Calgary insisted on him being part of the Dion Phaneuf deal if it were to go forward. Now that Burke has switched from Toronto to Calgary, he feels Stajan is “far better” than he was before the trade. That was his motivation for signing Stajan to a four-year extension. (Flames.nhl.com)
The Ottawa Senators caused a bit of a stir with a celebratory tweet following their 2-0 victory over Washington last night. (CSN Washington)
Here are the highlights from Dallas’ 4-0 win over Minnesota:
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?
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.