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Heads up: Torres says he’s ready for Sharks opener

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Just when you thought it was safe to swim behind the red line again …

All labored “Jaws” references aside, Raffi Torres believes that he’s healthy enough to play in the San Jose Sharks’ season opener, according to CSNBayArea.com’s Kevin Kurz.

Kurz explains that the bigger question is whether Sharks management, particularly head coach Peter DeBoer, believes that he’s truly capable.

” … Obviously with him, he’s been out a long time. He’s worked awfully hard to get to this point,” DeBoer said. “I think if you asked him, he’s probably not where he was when he left healthy, but he’s working back towards that and I think he’s getting better every game.”

Indeed, Torres admitted that he’s still a bit limited by right knee issues that have troubled him for the past couple years. Torres said that he “had no real jump” during the second and third periods of a recent exhibition, for instance.

That doesn’t really sound too promising, although Torres is still able to land some big hits here and there.

That intimidating presence – along with an ability to keep up, at least before his knee injury – was part of what made Torres so valuable before.

Torres says “I’ll let my play dictate my fate,” but the Sharks are ultimately the ones who get to choose his destiny.

Meszaros cannot make Avs’ cut

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The Colorado Avalanche cut down their training camp roster on Wednesday, and Andrej Meszaros was one of the players who couldn’t stay in the mix.

Meszaros, 29, was released from his PTO.

As far as AHL demotions go, the Avalanche sent Patrick Bordeleau, Marc-Andre Cliche and Zach Redmond down to San Antonio in the AHL.

While Meszaros is a familiar name who couldn’t catch on with the Avalanche, it sounds like other tryouts are going quite a bit better, at least according to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

Many subjective reports indicated that Meszaros had trouble keeping up at times during training camp, so it might be tough for the blueliner to catch on with another NHL team.

Coyotes demote Samuelsson, cut Potter from PTO

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While Dylan Strome is pushing well beyond what you’d expect from a prospect, it looks like Henrik Samuelsson (pictured) is still struggling to make his mark.

Henrik and Philip Samuelsson joined Derek Smith and Jordan Szwarz as four players demoted to the Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Meanwhile, Corey Potter couldn’t make the cut either, so he was released from his PTO.

The team’s training camp roster is now down to 26 players.

Again, Strome is really turning heads despite just coming out of the 2015 Draft in June.

Really, the Coyotes have plenty of reasons to give Strome a shot, even if their best chances seem geared toward the future.

Henrik Samuelsson, 21 and the 27th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, couldn’t manage to be part of the Coyotes’ present.

Hayes, Miller in running for Rangers’ second-line RW

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With the 2015-16 season rapidly approaching, there’s at least one prominent position up for grabs for the New York Rangers.

While sniper Rick Nash obviously has one of the top right wing positions locked up, the same cannot be said for the second-line RW slot, as head coach Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday.

“We haven’t made up our minds on the roster yet,” Vigneault said. “No one has grabbed that spot.”

Tonight serves as an interesting next step in that tug-of-war, as Kevin Hayes will play to the right of Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan.

J.T. Miller earned backhanded compliments from Vigneault regarding his work as second-line RW, as the coach likes his effort but wasn’t happy with the amount of scoring chances Miller generated at even-strength.

Call it the fall-out of Martin St. Louis’ retirement, but one way or another, it sure sounds like the Rangers will have a fresh face in their top six.

Update: One goal doesn’t make or break Miller’s training camp, but this was a nice one:

The Rangers ended up beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in that pre-season contest.

PHT Morning Skate: Favorite ‘Slap Shot’ characters

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.

As you can see in the video above, PHT’s own Jason Brough and Mike Halford discussed their favorite “Slap Shot” characters as NBCSN presents a special tonight: the Kraft Hockeyville game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning (7 pm ET) followed by a showing of (you guessed it) “Slap Shot” at 10 pm ET. (Both also will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.)

A buyer’s beware bit that focuses on fantasy, but maybe it forecasts some down years in reality, too? (TSN)

Will Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference fail to even make it into the team’s group of seven defensemen? (Sportsnet)

The New York Islanders’ goal horn is not particularly well-received. (Lighthouse Hockey)

The highest-paid player in women’s hockey is … (The Hockey News)

Radek Bonk in an Ottawa men’s league: kinda cool, kinda unfair. (Bar Down)