Author: James O'Brien

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PHT Morning Skate: No Sparky in Brooklyn


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.

New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple tracks down word that mascot “Sparky the Dragon” won’t join the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. Dry (some) of those tears, though: Sparky will still show up for some Long Island-area events. (Staple’s feed)

Aside: here’s hoping the Islanders roll out a really obnoxious hipster mascot. Maybe just this album cover with mascot legs?

How will the presence of metal detectors at all NHL arenas affect fans? (The Hockey News)

Early thoughts on 3-on-3 OT. (TSN)

The Toronto Maple Leafs and biomechanics. (Sportsnet)

“The kid who was better than Gretzky.” (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Ranking the Metropolitan Division’s top 10 defensemen. (Japers’ Rink)

Pre-season clips: Kessel exhibits early spark

Phil Kessel

Yes, it’s true that these games don’t “count.”

Yes, it’s also true that we’ll forget about most incidents that don’t lead to 10-game suspensions or big injuries.

Even so, some hockey fans appreciate getting a rundown of the more interesting moments from a given night of the pre-season, so let’s glide through a few quick bits.

  • Plenty of eyes (at least in the hockey world) were on Phil Kessel as he made his “debut” with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He didn’t disappoint, scoring twice as the Pens beat the Carolina Hurricanes 7-3.
  • Mathew Dumba scored the only goal, in OT, as the Minnesota Wild won 1-0 against the Winnipeg Jets: has a nice roundup if you want to catch up on all of the pre-season action from Tuesday. (Also, take a gander at Rotoworld’s NHL section.)

Oh yeah, and in case you missed it, Jack Eichel definitely stood out on Monday.

Report: Lawyers for alleged Kane rape victim to speak Wednesday

Patrick Kane

The lawyers for Patrick Kane‘s alleged rape victim are holding a press conference on Wednesday, WGRZ’s Scott Levin reports.

Few details regarding the press conference are clear at the moment, aside from the lawyers’ assertion that they’re going to address “recent leaks and rumors.”

The most recent bit of significant news came regarding reported DNA results from the case. We’ll find out more tomorrow afternoon if the attorneys will address that and/or other bits of information that have surfaced.

Kane has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

The 26-year-old forward participated in the Chicago Blackhawks’ pre-season game on Tuesday night.