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Saad has four root canals, still might play Saturday


Brandon Saad spent the better part of Monday living out other peoples’ nightmare.

After taking a puck to the mouth during a Blue Jackets practice, he had to spend four hours with the dentist as he underwent four root canals. It’s not hard to imagine that Saad was in a lot of pain as a result and he did take painkillers so that he could get some sleep. Despite that, he returned to practice on Thursday while wearing full-face protection.

“It could be worse, but I felt pretty good (Thursday) out on the ice,” Saad told the team’s website. “I’m getting better every day.”

Saad might even participate in Saturday’s preseason contest. It would be his first opportunity to play alongside Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno in a game. The hope is that trio will help drive the Blue Jackets’ offense for years to come.

Columbus acquired Saad from Chicago over the summer and inked him to a six-year, $36 million contract.

PHT Morning Skate: McDavid’s driving ticket sales for road games

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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.

Suddenly fans are very interested when the Edmonton Oilers come to town. (Puck Daddy)

The Edmonton Oilers might not be the biggest team, but they’re hoping to compensate for it with their compete level. (Edmonton Sun)

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer wants a fourth line that can chip in offensively, but he also thinks highly of Mike Brown. (CSN Bay Area)

If you’re a New York Islanders fan, you might want to avoid sitting in this area…

There seem to be problems in Winnipeg too. (NHL.com)

And for something a little different, here’s a Korean girl group singing while wearing New York Rangers jerseys. Most of them are wearing Chris Kreider‘s jersey specifically and if you go to his Twitter feed, you might notice that the URL he chooses to link people to is this video: (H/T The Hockey News):

Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) upbeat after doctor’s visit

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Pavel Datsyuk isn’t close to returning from his ankle injury, but at least a recent visit with the doctor who operated on him in June went well:

In Datsyuk’s case, on schedule means that he likely won’t return before late October or early November, per the team’s website. He also hasn’t started skated yet.

When he originally had surgery, the belief was that he would be fine for the start of the season, but about a month later that estimate changed substantially.

Injuries have unfortunately caused Datsyuk to miss significant chunks of four of the last five campaigns, but he has continued to play at an elite level when he is healthy. Even at the age of 37, Datsyuk is expected to be a key member of the 2015-16 Detroit Red Wings.

Clarkson booted from game for kneeing, league requests footage

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The game was barely a minute old when Columbus Blue Jackets forward David Clarkson was booted from Thursday’s preseason contest against the Minnesota Wild and now the question is if that will be the extent of his punishment.

Clarkson received a five-minute major and game misconduct for kneeing Justin Fontaine. The game wasn’t televised, but the league has requested footage of the incident so the Blue Jackets will be providing it to them, per the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

If the league does feel this incident warrants supplemental discipline, then it wouldn’t be the first time that Clarkson has been punished by the league prior to the start of a campaign. He also served a 10-game suspension after leaving the bench during a 2013 preseason contest to join a fight.

Clarkson said he doesn’t believe it was a pure knee-on-knee hit, arguing that there was more foot or ankle contact, according to the Dispatch’s Shawn Mitchell.

Fontaine left the game after the incident. He attempted to return before exiting the contest again. Wild coach Mike Yeo said the 27-year-old forward has a bruised leg and sore side.

Lawyer of Kane’s accuser removes himself from case

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Attorney Thomas Eoannou announced this evening that he is no longer representing Patrick Kane‘s accuser.

Eoannou said on Wednesday that “something seriously has gone amiss.” He claimed that the evidence bag that once contained his now former client’s rape kit had anonymously been delivered to the home of the accuser’s mother.

While stepping away from the case though, Eoannou now says that he no longer has “confidence in the way in which the bag was found,” per TSN’s Frank Seravalli.

“I can’t say what’s true and what’s not true,” Eoannou said. He also feels that “misrepresentations” were made to him about the bag and he has an “ethical obligation” to remove himself from the case. Even still, he does still believe it’s an authentic evidence bag.

Following Eoannou’s statements on Wednesday, Erie County Commissioner of Central Police Services John Glascott said, “All evidence related to this case that was given to Erie County Central Police Services by the Town of Hamburg Police Department is accounted for and remains in its original packaging in the possession of Erie County Central Police Services. This includes the evidence in the rape kit and the packaging itself. This evidence has been analyzed and reports of that analysis sent to the appropriate agencies.”

This afternoon, Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita announced that he will hold a press conference to address the allegations of evidence-tampering. That is scheduled for Friday at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Update: Kane’s attorney, Paul Cambria, believes the integrity of this case has been “completely undermined” and “forever tainted,” per the Buffalo News’ Tim Graham. Due to that, he’s asking Sedita to stop the case.

“I feel that Patrick Kane has been victimized,” Cambria added. “This happening today has been bizarre.”