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PHT Morning Skate: Columbus feeling the love a day later

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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 Blue Jackets making a bold trade yesterday has Chris Johnston calling Columbus a “hockey town” now. Fire the cannon! (Sportsnet)

Columbus columnist has nothing but praise for the Blue Jackets in landing Scott Hartnell from Philadelphia. (The Columbus Dispatch)

As for the Philly side of the deal, now they’re looking to address other issues like how best to fill left wing. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

We know the Florida Panthers might trade out of the top spot of the NHL Draft. What we didn’t know is the Winnipeg Jets might be one of the teams looking to trade with them to get there. (Gare Joyce)

The Anaheim Ducks are poised to make a big move at the NHL Draft themselves. (Orange County Register)

The St. Louis Blues may be looking to move their first-round pick to help find more offense to complement Vladimir Tarasenko. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Could it be a bad thing if the Boston Bruins bring back basically the same team next season? (

Sure the NHL Awards are tonight, but Kevin McGran has other awards he’d like to hand out. (Toronto Star)


Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?