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 Boston Bruins might end up shutting down defenseman Adam McQuaid for an unspecified period of time as he continues to deal with a groin injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Jan. 19. The Bruins might adjust their trade deadline plans depending on his status. (Boston Herald)
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Now that the Olympics and outdoor game at Soldier Field are behind them, the Chicago Blackhawks can finally get back to business as usual. (CSN Chicago)
The Vancouver Canucks will name former coach Pat Quinn into their Ring of Honour. (Canucks.nhl.com)
Rookie Matt Nieto meshed well with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton on the San Jose Sharks’ top line last night. (CSN Bay Area)
Meanwhile, New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe admitted that it was “weird” to play against his former Sharks teammates. (The Bergen Record)
Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon is questionable going into Monday’s game. (Dallas Morning News)
With so many teams up against the salary cap, it will be a major consideration as we approach the trade deadline. (Toronto Star)
Here are the highlights from Ottawa’s 4-2 victory over Vancouver in the Heritage Classic:
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.