PHT Morning Skate: Jaden Schwartz wears No. 17 to honor Mandi


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.

A very compelling argument for why Jonathan Toews could be well-worth that $10.5 million cap hit. (Sportsnet)

On the other hand, as strong as Cory Schneider’s numbers are, the New Jersey Devils are taking a risk considering the fact that he’s never really taken on the workload of a No. 1 goalie. (SB Nation)

Assessing the usefulness of a Blake Wheeler – Mark Scheifele – Dustin Byfuglien line for the Winnipeg Jets. (Arctic Ice Hockey)

It seems like a decent time to assess the changing landscape in the league as the smoke mostly clears from free agency. Here’s Kevin Allen’s grades for the Eastern Conference teams. Note: one might disagree with these teams’ report cards, but it’s an interesting read nonetheless. (USA Today)

At least one person thinks the Colorado Avalanche got better this summer. (Denver Post)

This one’s a little more than a week old, yet it’s an interesting look at what agents go through on draft day. (NHL Numbers)

Jaden Schwartz will change his number from 9 to 17 in honor of his late sister Mandi. (H/T to Puck Daddy)


Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”



Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.