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. Louis Blues reportedly had aspirations of adding Jason Spezza in addition to Paul Stastny. (ESPN.com)
Columnist Ron Cook feels Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is doing the best he can with the “salary-cap hell created by (former GM Ray) Shero.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Jonas Hiller said it was tough not to doubt himself in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign because he felt Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau had lost faith in him. Hiller’s looking forward to getting a fresh start with Calgary. (Calgary Sun)
Unrestricted free agents collectively earned roughly half a billion dollars in commitments from teams on July 1, but the Carolina Hurricanes largely stayed out of the spending spree. (News & Observer)
Defenseman Josh Jacobs, who was taken by the New Jersey Devils with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 draft, plans on going to Michigan State rather than joining the OHL Sarnia Sting. (Detroit Free Press)
Although Evgeni Nabokov doesn’t feel his age, he is willing to play the role of the mentor to the younger goaltenders in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s system and he realizes he’s entering the campaign as Ben Bishop’s backup. (Tampa Bay Times)
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are going to take their rivalry outside on Saturday.
The Flyers visit the Penguins in a Stadium Series clash at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. You can catch the action on NBC or online with the NBC Sports Live Extra.
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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:
Goalie nods: Murray, Neuvirth get the call at Heinz Field
Kris Letang won’t play in outdoor game; Schultz game-time decision
NHL On NBC: Penguins, Flyers meet in Stadium Series
Giroux: ‘It’s all business’ between Penguins and Flyers at Heinz Field
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes have made a minor league trade.
The Bolts on Saturday acquired right winger Stefan Fournier from the Coyotes in exchange for right winger Jeremy Morin, who has played 82 career NHL games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Fournier stands six-foot-three-inches tall and 226 pounds. He has two goals and four points in 29 games with the Tuscon Roadrunners in the AHL.
Morin, who has spent the majority of his pro career in the Blackhawks organization, has been a productive minor league player over the years. He has nine goals and 21 points in 43 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.
The New York Islanders entered today with a three-game winning streak and holders of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
But yeah, it’s been a disastrous start for the Islanders on Saturday. The Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period, chasing Thomas Greiss from the New York net after he stopped 14 of 17 shots faced.
Jean-Francois Berube entered the game to begin the second period and promptly surrendered a goal to Josh Anderson, who scored his 12th of the season.
Oh, look at that: Another heated melee involving the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings.
You’ll recall a first-period fight fest in a pivotal Pacific Division game between these teams almost one full year ago. On Saturday, in another meeting between these California rivals, the Ducks and Kings were once again at odds.
This latest conflict? Well, Corey Perry was involved. Again. (Last year, order had been restored during a brief scrum before Perry gave an extra shot to a Kings player, resulting in mayhem.)
Perry was called this time around for interference on Anze Kopitar. Kings players, as you might expect, suddenly rushed over before Nate Thompson and Brayden McNabb squared off in the main event.