PHT Morning Skate: James Reimer’s agent stirs the pot by defending his client


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.

Every now and then, it’s wise to get a screen capture of a Twitter comment instead of going with a direct link. Take, for instance, when James Reimer’s agent blasts the Toronto Maple Leafs’ defense instead of his client after a difficult defeat:


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Jonathan Drouin is progressing as the Tampa Bay Lightning were likely hoping when they selected him third overall in 2013, as he’s one of the finalists for the QMJHL’s MVP. (The Canadian Press)

San Jose Sharks injury updates: Brad Stuart is nearing a return, while it appears as if Raffi Torres is still struggling. (

Ryane Clowe gave Michael Ryder some odd advice regarding his goal slump. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Newly re-signed Colorado Avalanche forward John Mitchell underwent an X-ray on his back following a failed check last night. The team is expected to provide more information regarding his status later today. (Denver Post)

The “heartbeat” of the Edmonton Oilers (Matt Hendricks) suffered a leg injury last night. Both Hendricks and Nail Yakupov (ankle) are considered day-to-day. (Oilers’ Twitter feed)

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason delivered a questionable hit on Detroit Red Wings blueliner Brendan Smith. (The Score has the GIF)

Finally, a random cool photo, via Getty Images at the Ducks – Capitals game last night:

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Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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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.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

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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’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.