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.
Over the summer, Nino Niederreiter flew over the Alps on a plane — not in a plane, but on top of it. (StarTribune)
NHL players voice their opinions about putting advertisements on jerseys. (The Globe and Mail)
Here are the highlights from San Jose’s 5-1 victory over Los Angeles:
Here’s a fun fact: 33% of those playing in the NHL were born after Jaromir Jagr‘s NHL debut on Oct. 5, 1990. (Sportsnet)
Ex-Oilers coach Dallas Eakins’ long and unusual path has led him to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
You can see the highlights from the Rangers’ 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks below:
The Ottawa Senators’ practice on Friday has been rescheduled so that the players can go to the Toronto Blue Jays’ playoff game. The Maple Leafs will host Ottawa on Saturday. (Wayne Scanlan)
Speaking of the Maple Leafs, they probably won’t be good this season, but they might not be as bad as some are predicting. (The Globe and Mail)
Kyle Turris is gearing up for his fifth season with the Ottawa Senators, but this campaign will be a little different.
Ottawa announced that Turris will be joining Chris Neil as one of the team’s alternate captains. Turris is assuming that role from Chris Phillips as the 37-year-old defenseman remains out indefinitely due to a back injury.
Since being acquired from the then Phoenix Coyotes in 2011, Turris has established himself as one of Ottawa’s top forwards. He tied for second in the team’s scoring race last season with 64 points in 82 contests and gelled with rookie linemate Mark Stone.
With the Senators favoring a youth movement, Turris actually stands out as one of the Senators’ more experienced players at the age of 26. He’s also set to play a big role with the Senators for years to come as he’s locked to an affordable $3.5 million annual cap hit through 2017-18.
Meanwhile defenseman Erik Karlsson is getting ready for his second season as the team’s captain.
As was the case last season, Scott Gomez accepted a professional tryout offer because he went unsigned over the summer and once again he has used that opportunity to extend his career.
The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed Gomez to a one-year contract. They didn’t disclose the financial terms, but it’s a two-way deal that comes with a base salary of $575K at the NHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.
In order to free up the space necessary to sign him, St. Louis moved Patrik Berglund to the long-term injured reserve list. Berglund had shoulder surgery in August and isn’t expected to be available until January.
Gomez, 35, is coming off of a resurgence campaign where he recorded 34 points in 58 games on a Devils’ team that finished near the bottom of the pack offensively. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will be bringing more than a 1,000 games worth of NHL experience to St. Louis.
He’s not the only veteran forward to make the team off of a PTO as the Blues signed Scottie Upshall on Monday.
The New York Rangers have a number in mind when it comes to Henrik Lundqvist and it’s 60.
That’s approximately how many games Rangers coach Alain Vigneault would like to see Lundqvist in over the course of the 2015-16 campaign, per The Record. The all-star goaltender played in significantly less than that last season, but that was due to injury. When healthy, Lundqvist tends to exceed the 60-game mark.
The temptation to lean on him further will be there given his impressive track record, but this season it might be particularly important for the Rangers to be comfortable starting their backup goaltender, Antti Raanta. The Rangers have 17 sets of back-to-back games and there are 15 times where they will play in three games over four days this season. That kind of schedule coupled with the Rangers’ aspirations to ride Lundqvist all the way to a Stanley Cup championship this season makes managing his playing time critical.
Lundqvist will get the first of those starts tonight when the Rangers take on the Chicago Blackhawks on NBCSN (8:00 p.m. ET). It’s his 10th straight opening game start, putting him just one behind Eddie Giacomin for the franchise record.
Curtis Glencross is healthy and just 32 years old, but after being released from two tryouts, he has to ask some hard questions about his future.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Glencross, per the Calgary Sun.
“I’m trusting that God’s plan for me and my family is bigger than what I can understand at this point. It’s definitely a setback and heartbreak for me knowing that this could be the end.”
He’s not sure if he wants to wait to see if an NHL opportunity comes his way or if he should head to Europe. Another possibility he’s mulling is looking for work in Calgary, where he’s spent most of his NHL career. He doesn’t think heading to the KHL or playing in the AHL are likely options for him though.
Glencross went into the summer seeking a multi-year deal that would come with an annually salary in excess of $4 million and under different circumstances, that might have happened. However, the salary cap’s raise for the 2015-16 campaign was modest and that contributed to teams being more conservative when dealing with free agents. In the end, quite a few veteran players found themselves still without a contract once September started.
Glencross has scored more than 20 goals twice in his career and is a veteran of 507 career games.