PHT Morning Skate: Filly don’t do rebounds

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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.

Allan Panzeri shares a tremendous story by Columbus beat writer Aaron Portzline by soon-to-be-gone failed prospect Nikita Filatov. Even Allen Iverson thinks his linguistics are sassy. Filly don’t do rebounds and he sure don’t do NHL hockey now either. (Senators Extra)

Tyler Myers escapes punishment for his hit on Dainius Zubrus. Buffalo sending a fruit basket to Brendan Shanahan as a gift. (Fire & Ice)

CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil had a solid one-on-one with Sharks GM Doug Wilson discussing the team. (CSNBayArea.com)

The Canadiens lost a team legend in equipment manager Eddy Palchak. Rest in peace to one of the best in the business. (Canadiens)

Everything you ever needed to know about visors and how they’d help all players. (Backhand Shelf)

Kid Rock is a Caps fan now? Not exactly, he’s just doing his thing for charity. Good on ya, Kid. (D.C. Sports Bog)

Oilers will miss Cam Barker for the next three months with ankle surgery. Relatedly, open tryouts to play defense for Edmonton should be scheduled any day now. (Edmonton Journal)

Former Coyotes teammates Keith Aucoin and Derek Morris had some not-so-nice things to say about Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryz got them back by beating them last night. (Broad Street Hockey)

Nick Leddy is turning heads with his offensive game in Chicago. He’s no Steve Montador, but he’s awfully good. (Chicago Tribune)

Milan Michalek just keeps scoring adding a goal and an assist in Ottawa’s 5-2 win over the Oilers. (Senators Extra)

Carolina calls up Justin Faulk once again in a desperate hope he can help the Canes actually play defense. (Hurricanes)

Hal Gill was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed virus. That’s gotta be a big bug to take out a big man. (Montreal Gazette)

Finally, check out the hit of the night as Patrik Berglund, the puck carrier, catches wannabe checker Dmitry Kulikov off-guard. (NHL)

Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.