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.
Jonathan Quick wrote a great piece on the strengths of some of the league’s biggest offensive threats. (The Players’ Tribune)
Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno feels the Brandon Saad acquisition is “a big statement.” (Bluejackets.nhl.com)
Speaking of Saad, he used his day with the Stanley Cup to bring it to the 911th Airlift Wing. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The upcoming 2016 Winter Classic will be particularly special for Mass. natives Brian Flynn and Jimmy Hayes. (NHL.com)
By signing Sean Couturier to a six-year, $26 million, the Philadelphia Flyers are betting that he’ll grow his game offensively. (CSN Philly)
Former NHL forward Sergei Berezin and his wife have been arrested in Palm Beach County and are facing allegations of Medicaid and food stamp fraud following an undercover investigation, per WPBF 25 News.
Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit believes the couple contacted the American Advisory Associates to get benefits they weren’t eligible for. From there the American Advisory Associates allegedly bribed DCF workers, resulting in Berezin receiving $67,000 in billed benefits from Jan. 2010 through Dec. 2013.
Berezin was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1994 and made his NHL debut during the 1996-97 campaign. He went on to play in 502 NHL contests with Toronto, the Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, and Washington Capitals.
With his playing career behind him, Berezin told an informant that he earns $100,000 by training hockey players and through rental properties.
(H/T Postmedia Network)
Arizona’s prospect pool is somewhat light when it comes to solid goaltenders, so why not experiment with a young netminder that’s excelled in Europe?
The Coyotes announced that they have inked Niklas Treutle to a one-year, entry-level contract. The 24-year-old is coming off of a strong season with the German League’s EHC München where he posted a 2.06 GAA and .920 save percentage in 30 games.
He was never drafted by an NHL squad and this will be his first attempt to transition to North American, but if he ends up playing for Arizona’s AHL affiliate in Springfield then he likely won’t be the only former German League goalie on the squad.
That’s because Springfield signed goaltender Tyler Beskorowany back in June. Beskorowany was originally selected by the Stars in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, but he was never able to work his way up to Dallas and instead ended up spending last season with Duesseldorf EG where he recorded a 2.53 GAA and .923 in 42 contests.
Arizona is expected to start the season with Mike Smith and Anders Lindback as its top two goaltenders.