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.
Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter thinks that with the Olympics factored in, the 2013-14 NHL schedule is “ridiculous.” (LA Kings Insider)
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Clayton Stoner suffered a dislocated ring finger while playing for Minnesota last night, but after doctors taped it to his middle finger, he decided to return for the remainder of the contest. (Star Tribune)
Jaromir Jagr beat Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky last night to move within one goal of becoming the seventh member of the 700 goal club. (NHL.com)
Speaking of the Devils-Blue Jackets game, there were key members of the Blackhawks and Wild’s front office scheduled to attend. Both clubs are believed to have interest in goaltender Martin Brodeur, although it was Cory Schneider who got the nod last night. (New Jersey Online)
The New York Rangers’ game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday March 9 has been moved from 7:30 p.m. ET to 12:30 p.m. and will air on NBC. (The Bergen Record)
Would it make sense for the Philadelphia Flyers to trade Andrej Meszaros, if they can, for the sake of freeing up some cap space and maybe a mid-round pick or are they better maintaining their level of defensive depth? (Philadelphia Inquirer)
The Dallas Stars only have 12 forwards on their roster right now, but they don’t plan on changing that in the near future. (Dallas Morning News)
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.
The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.
Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.
The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.
Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.
DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.
The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.
Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.
Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.
As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.
“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”