Oilers forward Teemu Hartikainen isn’t sticking around in Edmonton to see what new coach Dallas Eakins has to say.
Hartikainen signed a deal with Ufa in the KHL sending him across the ocean after parts of three seasons with the Oilers. The big Finnish forward has played 52 games over that time with six goals and seven assists. The Oilers will continue to hold his rights despite his sudden departure.
Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal points out Hartikainen leaving is a disappointment for the team as he was finding his way in his extensive time in the AHL. He was set to be a restricted free agent this summer.
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.
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle described his team’s performance in Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to Washington as “alarming.” (Toronto Sun)
Meanwhile the Ottawa Senators are a step closer to securing their postseason spot. (Ottawa Citizen)
Florida Panthers defenseman Tyson Strachan suffered an upper body injury on Tuesday. (Miami Herald)
22-year-old forward Teemu Hartikainen has a physical side to his game that appeals to the Edmonton Oilers, but he needs to be more consistent if he wants to secure a regular spot on the Oilers’ roster. (Edmonton Sun)
If the Chicago Blackhawks have had a weakness this season, it’s been their mediocre to bad showing with the man advantage. (CSN Chicago)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have battled their way back into the playoff race, but they won’t have time to catch their breath before they continue that struggle. (Columbus Dispatch)
After two rough starts, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won’t start on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (NHL.com)
Here’s a visual year-by-year history of how the Edmonton Oilers have done as a franchise. (Edmonton Journal)
Highlights from the San Jose Sharks’ 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings:
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It’s been a brutal weekend for Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk.
First, there was that center ice goal allowed against David Legwand on Friday, which lead to him being pulled. On Sunday, Dubnyk made way for Yann Danis, but not for performance-related reasons; a collision knocked him out of tonight’s game and he hasn’t returned.
Oilers blueliner Teemu Hartikainen crashed into Dubnyk, 26, in an exchange with Marian Hossa.
We will pass along more information regarding his condition as the team makes it available.
Update: here’s video of the collision, via CSNChicago.com.