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Pavel Datsyuk, Drew Miller
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Don’t expect Datsyuk back before November

Windows of recovery can change — especially when it comes to hockey players — but for now, it sounds like Pavel Datsyuk will miss at least the first month of the 2015-16 season.

Datsyuk was seen “doing high-intensity foot/leg work” outside the Red Wings locker room on Wednesday, but he’s not expected back until November nonetheless, according to the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James.

Considering Datsyuk’s age (37), mileage (887 regular season games, 152 postseason contests, plenty of international experience) and recent bouts with injuries, the Red Wings should discourage him from rushing back too soon.

Of course, gauging a player’s health isn’t an exact science, especially when those guys often want to go back even if they’re really not quite ready.

The longer Datsyuk is out, the tougher it will likely be for the Red Wings to keep their playoff streak alive. On the other hand, a healthier Datsyuk could help them put together their first deep run in years (if they make the playoffs, that is).

PHT Morning Skate: List designed to make people mad makes people mad

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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.

Sometimes, it seems like “Top X” lists are meant to make people mad. It’s unclear if TSN’s Top 50 player rankings set out to do so, but it accomplished that task anyway.

First, here’s the list itself.

Now, a few reactions:

Mission accomplished?

Looking at the Edmonton Oilers’ options with Jordan Eberle on the shelf. (The Hockey News)

Gauging the odds of some other rookie usurping Connor McDavid for the Calder. (Sportsnet)

Stunning news: a hockey coach makes a grammatical error. (TSN Bardown)

Capitals pose with puppies, smiles for all. (Puck Daddy)

Washington Capitals’ X-factors: centers and defense. (NHL.com)

The Dallas Stars are leaving lingering questions. (Dallas Morning News)

Pens make cuts, including Sestito from PTO

Kyle Chipchura, Tom Sestito
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The Pittsburgh Penguins still have quite a lot of cuts to make, yet Tom Sestito already must mull over other options.

Pittsburgh narrowed its training camp roster down to 35 players on Wednesday, and that meant releasing Sestito (pictured) from his professional tryout contract.

Here is a full breakdown of the cuts:

Down to the AHL: Tristan Jarry, Barry Goers, Niclas Andersen, Tyler Biggs, Anton Zlobin, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon and Matia Marcantuoni.

Placed on waivers (will go to AHL if not claimed): Dominik Uher, Kael Mouillierat, Will O’Neill, Reid McNeill and Steve Oleksy.

Again, Sestito stands out as someone who’s now without the organization entirely, although there’s a chance that could change.

Want to check out the Penguins’ updated roster? Click here.

Things get ugly between Rinaldo, McIlrath in Bruins-Rangers exhibition

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Let’s face it: creating mayhem is essentially Zac Rinaldo‘s job. “Troublemaker” might as well be on his business card.

Tonight’s game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers doesn’t count in the standings, yet Rinaldo has been in regular season form, both receiving and giving questionable hits.

Things really started to heat up when he seemingly ran Henrik Lundqvist:

Dylan McIlrath delivered this blow, possibly because of that moment:

People mock what the Bruins gave up for Rinaldo –

– But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the testy forward won’t make an impact, in some form or fashion.

The Bruins and Rangers meet for the first time in the regular season on Nov. 27, so the resentment might settle down … a bit.

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.