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.
After running into a fan wearing his jersey at the mall and snapping a picture on an escalator, Islanders’ forward Matt Martin met the fan and signed his jersey following New York’s 3-2 win Thursday. (Yahoo)
Rich Peverley returned to the ice for the first time in 11 months this week in a coaching role with the AHL’s Texas Stars. The Dallas Stars forward has been unable to play since collapsing during a game in March 2014. (Sports Illustrated)
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Thirteen months after playing in his last NHL game, former Canucks’ defenseman Andrew Alberts is still recovering from a concussion. (Sportsnet)
Here’s a look at the Top 10 plays of the week from the KHL:
The Vancouver Canucks are being sued by a fan over an alleged confetti incident. (TSN)
Dallas Stars’ forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn prank their mothers for Valentine’s Day:
In the NHL these days players are being warned, fined and publicly shamed for diving/embellishment. Former Anaheim Ducks’ forward Dan Sexton, who now plays in the KHL, put on a good display of embellishment during a recent game. (Puck Daddy)
PHT already made note of somesignificant (and smaller) IR moves on Tuesday, but in a quest to graciously save you some clicks, here’s a collection of some of the other injured reserve placements of note. Some could be a pretty big deal, too.
(Note: this is a good spot to mention other IR assignments in the comments section if there are any important omissions.)
Cody Franson is on Toronto’s IR and ruled himself out of the Maple Leafs’ season-opener, TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports. It looks like Franson is dealing with knee issues.
The Nashville Predators placed Viktor Stalberg and Matt Cullen on IR while Mike Fisher remains on the non-roster IR. This marks another tough beginning to the season for Stalberg, who was banged-up heading into his Nashville debut in 2013-14.
The New York Islanders placed Lubomir Visnovsky (back) and Matt Carkner (upper body) on injured reserve. The hope for an up-and-coming Isles team is that “Lubo” will indeed be day-to-day, as he could be a key blueliner if healthy. Sadly, that’s been a big “if” during much of his career.