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PHT Morning Skate: Turris excited to go to Canadian market

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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.

Kyle Turris talks about his excitement to play with the Ottawa Senators—and a Canadian market. He better produce quickly or all of that added exposure could turn into a heavy burden. (Senators Official)

Now that the Senators hope they’ve landed their No. 2 center with Turris, the Derick Brassard trade rumors to Ottawa should be a thing of the past. (QMI Agency)

Pat Hickey returns! This time, he’s telling us that Jacques Martin was just a scapegoat for the troubles in Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)

Unfortunately, it looks like the hockey world has yet another racial controversy on its hands. This time, we look to the OHL for the alleged insults. (Buzzing the Net)

Bobby Clarke has plenty of ideas when it comes to the concussions around the NHL. You know, because he was so anti-violence when he was a player. S/T to Kukla’s Korner. (

Speaking of Flyers captains of the past, are Eric Lindros and the Flyers organization ready to bury the hatchet once and for all? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Adrian Dater doesn’t care about scoring. He says the NHL game is better than ever. (Denver Post)

Here’s what Evgeni Malkin had to say after his hat trick against the Sabres: “My first shot, I scored. Second shot, I score again. It’s a lucky day for me.” Yeah, it’s all luck Geno. (Post-Gazette)

The GM is getting booed at Nationwide Arena and beat-writers are calling the playoffs a “pipe dream.” Needless to say, things could be better in Columbus (Puck-Rakers)

Bad news for the San Jose Sharks. Martin Havlat had some issues trying to make a line change on Saturday night and was seen leaving the arena with a cane. Here’s why: (CSN Bay Area)

Video: Rangers steal victory with 0.1 left

New York Rangers v Phoenix Coyotes

There’s a old saying that goes something like this: “if it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.” The New York Rangers took that saying to a new level on Saturday night with their last second, 3-2 victory over the Coyotes in Glendale. Make that a last split-second victory over the Coyotes.

Both teams were ready to head to overtime after a Brad Richards shot had presumably gone into the net after the final horn. But after a video review from the war room in Toronto, it was ruled that Brad Richards’ desperation shot crossed the line with 0.1 second left on the clock.

Talk about a heartbreaking way for Phoenix to lose a point in the standings. It was the first time this season that they were unable to hold a lead when entering the third period.

After the game, Richards said that waiting for the review was the hardest part. “There was a TV between the benches and on the TV it said 0.1 (seconds) was left when the puck was over,” Richards said after the game. “That’s not a good feeling. You have to wait, it’s not in your control, but it worked out.”

Here’s what the final seconds looked like from Arizona:

You make the call: Should Erik Cole be suspended for headshot?

Erik Cole; Max Pacioretty;

Near the end of the first period of the Devils/Habs game in Montreal, Erik Cole hit rookie defenseman Adam Larsson with a hit to the head. Cole was penalized two minutes for an illegal hit to the head, while Larsson headed back to the locker room to recover from the hit. Thankfully, he was able to return to action in the second period.

It certainly looks like Cole caught the vulnerable Larsson with an elbow as he tried to curl around the net. As the announcers mentioned, this was one of those “drive-by” hits that Brendan Shanahan and Rob Blake have been watching closely.

Was the head the principle point of contact? Absolutely. Was the player in a vulnerable position? Check. But Larsson was also bending down as he reached for the puck. Does that mean that Larsson changed the position of his head enough for Cole to escape punishment?

We through this out to the readers: Should Erik Cole be suspended by the NHL for this hit on Adam Larsson? The comment section awaits.

Update: Couturier to hospital for evaluation

Carolina Hurricanes v Philadelphia Flyers

After taking a puck off the side of his head, rookie Sean Couturier has been taken to Pennsylvania Hospital for further evaluation. Couturier took the a Kimmo Timonen shot off his head at the end of the second period and was kept out of the rest of the game by the Flyers medical staff. Despite falling to the ice and being evaluated by the training staff while on the ice, the eighth overall pick was able to pass the initial baseline testing in the Flyers locker room.

Now that he’s at the hospital, doctors are checking to make sure Couturier is not suffering from any other complications after taking the frozen rubber to the head. “I think what they are checking for now is damage to his skull,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. “And taking a look to see if there is any internal damage.”

The Flyers GM continued as he explained how bad it could have been. “We still don’t know [full details]. Thank God he turned his head in time where it didn’t hit him in [the face].”

No one ever wants to see a player suffer a head injury, but it’s especially hard to watch a player that has been such a good story through the early part of the season. Head coach Peter Laviolette talked about what the 19-year-old rookie has meant to the team in his first professional season. “He’s such a good kid and good hockey player,” Laviolette confided to the media. “He’s really earned the respect of his teammates. When you see something like that happen to anybody, your heart stops for the second and you feel that pit in your stomach. For it to happen to a young player like that who has done all the right things for us this year is tough. We hope he’s OK and it’s nothing too serious.”

Sooner or later, the Flyers luck has to change, right? At this rate, CapGeek is going to have to add a new column to include “hazard pay” for anyone who wears the orange and black.

Ex-teammate Shane Doan talks about Selanne’s return to Winnipeg

shane doan jets

If there’s anyone that has any idea what Teemu Selanne is in for tonight when he returns to Winnipeg, it’s Coyotes captain Shane Doan. It was only two weeks ago when Doan made his own return to Manitoba to face the Jets for the first time since the team left Canada in 1996. Like Selanne, Doan was also a member of that final edition of the Winnipeg Jets 1.0. When he returned, there were fans who had waited since his rookie year to welcome him back to Winnipeg.

“They’re going to absolutely love him there,” Doan told Pro Hockey Talk this week. “I mean, everybody in Winnipeg loves Teemu. He could never do anything wrong in that city. They’re going to love him.”

It’s a wonder what kind of pull 76 goals can buy a player in a city. But it isn’t just the city that loves Selanne from his days in Winnipeg. Doan was a first year, first round draft pick breaking into the league as an 18-year-old during the Jets’ last season. That was right about the same time that Selanne was more popular than the mayor, the Prime Minister, and Rush in the Manitoban capital.

Selanne made an impression on Doan the one year they played together. “Honestly, you can’t explain how nice a man he is,” Doan shared. “As a rookie, as a young guy, he went out of his way to make me feel so comfortable. I thought, ‘he’s Teemu Selanne!’ He scored 76 goals and he was so unarming and easy to talk to. I enjoyed him a lot.”

It’s safe to say that Selanne will get a warmer reception that Doan did during his first game back. Aside from a video montage the Jets organization put together during one of the TV timeouts, many fans inside the MTS Centre booed Doan every time he touched the puck. In his case, the warm memories from the fans only went as far as the logo on his chest.

“Yeah, when you’re playing, I think you’re against their team and they’re very passionate about their team.” Doan said about his return to Winnipeg. “But at the same time, they’re all great fans. It was pretty cool what they did [the video tribute]. I appreciated it. Then I really appreciated it booing too. That’s a lot of fun too.”

We’ll see if anyone has the guts to boo Selanne in his return to Winnipeg tonight. Outlook: not likely.